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Land in Sight

Organic foods from organic seeds Creation offers us the whole range of nature, and what do we do with it? ECO123 wanted to know exactly, and visited the public limited company Sementes Vivas SA, which was founded three years ago in Idanha-a-Nova in the district of Castelo Branco near the Spanish border. Sementes Vivas (literally “Living Seeds”) comprises 30 young and committed people, a multi-cultural team that has set itself the goal of multiplying traditional seeds in an organic and biodynamic manner to sell them to environmentally aware gardeners, organic farmers, and those who want to work in this way. …

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A adaptação às alterações climáticas

  Teve lugar recentemente o Seminário “Agricultura Sustentável” em Alte (Loulé), que reuniu agricultores, peritos em solos, profissionais no desenvolvimento de comunidades, políticos e estudantes. O Seminário foi organizado pela Câmara Municipal de Loulé, a Associação In Loco, e a Escola Professional Cândido Guerreiro (EPALTE), com o objetivo de dar a conhecer aos agricultores alternativas perante o desafio das alterações climáticas, custos de produção elevados e baixos preços de venda. O tema do clima e do solo foi abordado nas duas sessões principais, por Alberto Espírito Santo e João Tiago Carapau, da WeConsultants. Alexandra Pestana, da EPALTE partilhou experiências na …

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In case of emergency, phone 1-800-447-8066

Keystone XL Pipeline, High Pressure Oil Pipeline Almost 800,000 litres of oil have flowed from a leak in the Keystone XL pipeline in the USA. This information was provided by the operating company Trans-Canada on Thursday, 16th November. According to the environmental authority the oil had leaked out underground in the state of South Dakota… This report was published the day after the environmental disaster by the New York Times, the Portuguese paper Público, the British paper The Guardian and the German FAZ, among others. It is one of around 2,000 daily reports that made it onto the news pages. …

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Let the education begin

John Dennis Liu was born in Tennessee in 1953, and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, but for over thirty years he has lived in China, where he is an intuitive educator. He also works as a documentary maker, researcher and ecologist, who has happened upon a solution to rehabilitate large-scale ecosystems. His insight began in around 1995 in China when researching the greening of the Loess plateau. He later made a film, “Hope in a changing climate,” which documents some of the transformation of a barren land into a green and fertile one. He has explored land restoration in Jordan and South …

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If we conserve nature…

When I was still a child, at the age of eight, I learnt in geography that there were still under three billion people living on the planet. The amount of life concealed by this number meant nothing to me. Now I’m 50 years older and, in that time, the world’s population is supposed to have almost trebled. Is that right? Do you understand what I have written there, and am myself trying to understand? There are now seven and a half billion people living on our beautiful blue planet EARTH. And the number isn’t falling. I have another look at …

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One foot in front of the other

One foot in front of the other

For 17 years, David Littlewood has been walking the back roads of the Algarve. Sometimes alone and other times with the Algarve Wednesday Walkers (AWW). ECO123 met him in São Brás de Alportel under a smoky sky and asked him whether it is a meditative process that motivates him to walk. His reply was grounded in the nature of the man, “No, it is just one foot in front of the other, and if I am with a group, there is a lot of chatter.” He explained, when he started walking in the Algarve, there was only one main guide …

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The Herbal Path

The Herbal Path
walks and encounters

Sensory herb walks add a focus to walking in the Algarve this autumn. Two field trips have been arranged to enhance awareness of flowers and herbs on clifftop paths but also in the cooler springwater-fed Mountains of Monchique. Maureen Robertson and her partner, José Melo, are offering locals and visitors the opportunity to slow down, look, touch and breathe in native plants and herbs as part of a process of conscious walking. Maureen Robertson is a Goethe-inspired Medical Herbalist, co-founder of The Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, and José Melo is a Shamanic Practitioner. They have created a course and …

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Breaking down taboos and barriers

Breaking down taboos and barriers

You covered some 3,500 kilometres between Lisbon and Athens. How did you travel? We left Lisbon with a rucksack on our backs. We walked and hitch-hiked. What route did you follow? We caught a ferry from Lisbon to Almada. From there, we started walking in the direction of Évora, and we also hitched lifts. After this came Madrid, and then we changed route and headed for San Sebastian. How many days did it take you altogether to reach Greece? We set off on 9th July and our goal was to reach Athens by 15th August. This was the date we’d …

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Funny with heart and soul

What drives a clown? Where does this energy come from? The driving force to leave everything behind and to say you don’t want to pursue your profession any more generates huge strength. It is the possibility to seek out and experience an absolute feeling of happiness. The path that I followed led me to a place where 20 people come together who write music, do choreography, who look for places that are abstract, who use a eucalyptus forest as a message and a stage. The impetus is different to 20 years ago. But the energy is the same. That you …

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rota vicentina

My Way
Rota Vicentina: 14 + one day)

Via Algarviana – Rota Vicentina – Rota do Pescador   Day 1 – Aljezur – Odeceixe (18 km) On this first day of April, the sky is as I know it in April: unsettled. For the last two weeks, I’ve been walking the 250 kilometres along the Via Algarviana, with little more than a sense of the Atlantic in the near distance. Now I can raise my nose into the wind, smelling salt and all sorts of colourful things by the wayside. The lines on the paper of my map indicate a further 350 kilometres, which I welcome with a …

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