Monday, August 19, 2019


In question

Edition #26 Nowadays, journalists should know that we are facing a profound crisis. This crisis can only be overcome if we properly inform our readers, writing stories that convey basic truths. We need success stories with answers — or ones that search for answers – to address the pressing questions of our times. We need well-told stories, ones that consider reality in its entirety, and present a coherent vision. That’s why we haven’t interviewed António Costa yet. Not yet. That which is abstract, we must make comprehensible. It is not enough to talk about electric cars and airplanes — we …

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We’re looking for the first 100 heroes defending the climate

Editorial #25 Dear readers, What must be done so that we can all live comfortably on our planet Earth? We know that our lives depend on the resources that Nature can provide, the amount that we extract and consume, and the way in which we do this without causing harm to future generations. Food, clothing, energy, mobility, building materials and much more besides. This leads us to the concept of the ecological footprint. The ecological footprint of a person living in Portugal is 5.3 tons of CO2.* What does this figure tell us? When I read this for the first …

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I’m keeping an eye on you

At the last municipal elections, I made a mistake. After having chosen the wrong candidate in the two previous electoral periods (since the policies that they adopt in practice are only recognised much later), at the last elections I didn’t even vote. I thought to myself that, when you have to choose between a bad candidate and an even worse candidate, it’s better to stay at home or put on a yellow vest and go down to the town hall to open some windows (see what happened in France), so that some fresh air can enter the offices where bureaucracy …

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55 spontaneous species that cure

A handful of plants

55 spontaneous species that cure This is one of those books that are a must-have on the shelves of any plant lover, of anyone with an interest in alternative nutrition. With prefaces by the phytotherapist Anne McIntyre and the biologist and researcher Célia Cabral, Uma mão cheia de plantas – 55 espécies espontâneas que curam (a handful of plants – 55 spontaneous species that cure) is a guide to exploring 55 wild plants with surprising therapeutic properties. With technical information and images by Fernanda Botelho, this work provides the common name, the scientific name, the botanical family, the history, description …

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Four for the Climate

How our family tries to lead a CO2-neutral life A family of four sits at the table having dinner. As they do, the two adults talk to the children about a somewhat boring topic: climate change. Their 13-year-old daughter had come home from school, had sat down at the computer and played with the WWF’s footprint calculator. She wanted to work out her family’s ecological footprint. The result for this four-person household: 42 tonnes of CO2 per year. The evening’s discussion gradually develops into a family project. Each of them wants to actively save on CO2 emissions in order to …

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Who is João Lopes?

Haven’t you ever heard of the Portuguese philosopher and pedagogue João Lopes? To be honest, we hadn’t either. In our interview with the Waldorf teacher Leonor Malik in the last edition, entitled “Music is just as important as maths“, we slipped a little error in for you. Were you as unaware of that as we were? Quote: (…) At the start of the 20th century, the 19th-century industrial revolution had left a legacy, with a completely mechanistic vision of human beings. Children were a kind of clean slate – incidentally, João Lopes said that – and then we fed things …

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Manuel Salgado

Sendo a LX Factory um caso pioneiro na reabilitação urbana em Lisboa, a ECO123 entrevistou o arquitecto Manuel Salgado. Vereador no actual executivo da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, tem a seu cargo pelouros como o de Planeamento e Política de Solos, de Licenciamento Urbanístico, da Reabilitação Urbana e de Obras Municipais. Professor Catedrático Convidado de Projecto do curso de Arquitectura do Instituto Superior Técnico desde 2002, desenvolveu projectos de arquitectura e urbanismo de escalas muito variadas, como o Centro Cultural de Belém, o Projecto dos Espaços Públicos da EXPO’98 ou o Projecto Urbano de Romanina e o Plano de Pormenor …

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Documentary “Arrábida - Da Serra ao Mar” (Arrábida – From the Hills to the Sea)

Documentary “Arrábida – Da Serra ao Mar” (Arrábida – From the Hills to the Sea)

Documentaries produced in Portugal focus little on subjects connected with nature. This is one of the main reasons that one should pay tribute to this documentary that rivals the BBC or the National Geographic for quality and portrays the indigenous species of the Serra da Arrábida and the Serra do Pisco in the district of Setúbal. It is the result of four years’ intermittent work to familiarise people with unique species from these areas, such as the snail “caracol-da-arrábida” and the variety of euphorbia “trovisco-do-espichel”. It is also possible to discover booted eagles, foxes and dolphins, or the caves and …

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Revolutionary Roads

On Foot To The End Of The World (GB), 60-minute documentary Synopsis: The film tells the story of a 328-kilometre walk crossing Portugal from Alcoutim to Cape St Vincent. The common thread: over the fortnight, different people crossed the four walkers’ path as they made their way along the old trail of St Vincent. A distiller of medronho firewater, farmers and wine-growers, a chicken farmer, two teachers, a gardener, a retired domestic worker, an olive-oil producer and a shepherd, along with many others. Also appearing in the film is the 82-year-old hermit Manuel Teixeira, the last remaining inhabitant of the dead village of …

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Sharks are essential to humanity

When we think about endangered animals, species come to mind such as the Iberian lynx or tuna, much less so sharks. For several generations, you just need to think of sharks to make an instinctive link to Steven Spielberg’s film – and from there it’s only a small step to attacks on humans. But the reality is very different. “Sharkwater”, a documentary by Rob Stewart, sees its mission as being to challenge the false stereotypes which people have about sharks. It shows that these animals are endangered because no one cares about them being hunted. Such indifference gives the shark’s …

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Estação do Tua

“Stop, listen and look”

The director Jorge Pelicano presents viewers with a thesis. Starting from a case study (the destruction of the vintage Tua railway line in order to construct a dam), he tackles the pressing issue of the abandonment of the interior regions of Portugal. He starts the film with the shocking fact: “34% of the population has abandoned Trás-os-Montes in the past three decades”. And he complements this with a speech by Mário Soares: “The condition of being in the interior has weighed on this area like a judicial sentence and it explains, albeit without justifying them, so many of the shortcomings …

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This is about the end of unlimited growth. And it’s about being concerned about life on this planet in the coming 40 years. The book is a challenge to all intelligent young people. Because here an intelligent oldie from our own time is thinking ahead about how linear growth could turn into circular growth, quantitative into qualitative growth. The book entitled 2052 was written by the Norwegian professor Jorgen Randers, a member of the Club of Rome. The “Global Forecast” opens up a perspective for all of those among us who are thinking seriously about such topics as ecology and …

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