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Nº 87 – Hiking in Portugal

Saturday 15th May 2021 Climate-friendly travel is in everyone’s interest. Many of us are now already planning their next trip. How about a long-distance hike through the natural and cultural landscape of Portugal?  Those who don’t want to forsake their holiday entirely should calculate the CO2 burden resulting from their trip. ECO123 recommends climate-friendly travel by train & bus, by bike and on foot. The Via Algarviana (300 km), the Fisherman’s Trail, part of the Rota Vicentina (223 km) and the Grande Rota Vale do Côa (220 km) for instance are three long-distance hikes out of many different trails on …

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Nº 86 – Censos 2021

Saturday, the 8th May 2021 You’d better believe it. This one is not about counting humans, their houses or their cars – but about gulls, their nests and their chicks: the first census of urban gulls has only just begun. This citizen science initiative organised by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), is asking all residents of Portugal to register online the gulls, nests and chicks to be found in their respective towns. All this information will contribute to the census of the yellow-legged gull. The main goal is an estimate of the number of breeding pairs …

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Nº 85 – Smart or not Smart – that is the question…

Sábado, dia 1. de maio 2021 I really don’t know what drives the majority of humankind to get a smartphone? As for myself, I am absolutely in the minority camp in this respect. Over half of humanity owns such a flat plaything. It seems to me I belong to the few non-smart people. The name alone, “smart” phone is a joke. All these smart people have spent hundreds of euros on this and can now use it to take pretty pictures. Pretty pictures is something I can take too; for this I use my old professional camera. And I am …

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Nº 84 – Biodiversity is the only solution

Saturday the 24th of April 2021 So here’s the bad news. The EU counts among the major drivers of forest destruction. This is shown in a report just published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) looking at the consequences of international trade on deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats between 2005 and 2017. This means that 16 per cent of global tropic forest logging in connection with international trade are down to the EU. This places the EU at number two in the „World Ranking of Forest Destroyers“, behind China (24 per cent) and ahead of India (9 per …

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Nº 83 – Summing Up: a Pen-Pusher’s Life.
A Satire by Theobald Tiger

Saturday 17 th April 2021 This week, on returning home from the post office, where I keep a P.O. box which I pay an annual fee of 60 euro plus 23 % VAT for, I found a letter outside my front door. The letter had been artfully placed at right angles next to the foot mat. There it lay on the naked step, and I was asking myself which civil servant (or subcontracted company) might have left their office to head out into the fresh air to my place to tell me in this manner that once more, as happens …

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Nº 82 – There‘s no better Teacher than Experience …
with Photo gallery

Faro, Saturday 10th April 2021 Any reconstruction following a devastating fire starts with the removal of rubbish caused by humans: charred plastic, broken glass, bent metal. The Estaminé restaurant, the only building on the island called Ilha Deserta in Faro, which burnt to the ground on 2 March, is now scheduled to be rebuilt. The difficulties with the insurance company that José Vargas, owner of the restaurant had to contend with, seem to be resolved. And in order to emphasise its affinity with nature and its sustainability the architecture will again consist entirely of wood, while the building will be …

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Nº 81 – The Abuse of Power in Times of Crisis.
By Theobald Tiger

Saturday, 3rd April, 2021 There are stories that all seem to resemble one another. It’s always about money and the lack of justice, including social justice. These stories tell of arbitrary actions on the part of state institutions, injustice, a lack of rights and the abuse of power. No, we’re not writing a story about China or the Philippines. Instead, we’re trying to keep our own house in order. This story was told to me by Maria N*, who is 67 years old and has been retired for a year. Every month she receives just under 400 euros. To earn …

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Nº 80 – A Year of Thoughts.

Saturday 27th March 2021 Airbus, Lufthansa, TAP, Renault, TUI and so on… The future? Yes please! But what kind of future? This is the question I am asking myself today. After this leaden time, where many were complaining about the restrictions, nothing will be as it was before. Or do we want try and stare down to the abyss? Maybe the news hasn’t reached everyone yet? Or perhaps I’m a pessimist? Allow me to just mention one example. In today’s economy, many jobs are simply being cancelled. Let’s be honest with ourselves here. We have too many hotels, too many …

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Nº 79 –
Obituary
The Unconditional Lightness of Being.

Saturday, 20th March 2021 It was a tragic accident. He fell at home, in his garden, from a height of three metres, off his ladder, sustaining lethal injuries. My friend Carlos has now entered the eternal hunting grounds. For me he was an Indian, who came to Monchique from the Alentejo and a foreigner in a community, a friend of nature, wise and modest, calm and well-read, a rather quiet but always attentive fellow. There will be no second Carlos in this world. He gifted us wonderful trees, two pecan nut trees, a chestnut and a cork oak, a token …

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Nº 78 – Curtains up!

Saturday 13 of March 2021 A few days ago I witnessed a very interesting spectacle. One of the reasons for participating in a videoconference with 67 people was to learn how the situation of the forests in Portugal might be improved, but also to present my idea of the Botanic Forest Garden in Monchique. However, all of a sudden the Internet started to take on a life of its own. Someone was stuttering and uttering load animal groans from the dark recess of the World Wide Web, seemingly trying to take part in the discussion, however in their very own …

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Nº 77 – Our Goal? Natural Biodiversity.

Saturday 6th of March 2021 This coming Tuesday, 9 March, from 6pm onwards, an exciting ONLINE debate on the Forest of the South will take place. The debate is hosted by the „Floresta Autóctone“ citizens’ action group, whose initiators belong to Portugal’s longest-established association dedicated to nature conservation, CAMPO ABERTO from Oporto. The main topic of debate will be the opportunities and programmes to free forested plots of land of the invasive eucalyptus monoculture which foments climate change through forest fires, and to reforest these plots with native tree species, recreating plant diversity. To this end four moderators from Aljezur …

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Nº 76 – Onwards and upwards: to Mars!

Saturday, the 27th of February 2021 Isn’t it exciting to collect traces of extraterrestrial life on Mars? Maybe we’ll find people there? Sometimes I ask myself whether we couldn’t save ourselves the energy and the money to build a rocket and launching it to fly 155 million miles all the way to Mars? Try visualising our Earth completely without forest and without water, without clouds and without wind, without balmy temperatures and also without annual seasons. Let’s just imagine for a moment the now near-on ten billion people and the many other kinds of flora and fauna on our still …

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Nº 72 – It’s all about energy, right?

Saturday, the 30th of January 2021 During the Covid-19 pandemic, people have been displaying a range of different attitudes that have never before been so well observed and analysed. And it is challenging moments like this one that can help us to overcome our problems. We are now at the stage where our goal is to prevent the virus from spreading any further. It is a struggle between humans and the virus, Goliath versus David. Who will emerge the winner? Since we have a head between our ears and a brain to think with, we can decide our own future. …

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Nº 71 – Pizza-To-Go…

Saturday the 23rd of January 2021 Leaving Vila do Bispo and travelling north, we reach Pedralva and the Pizza Pazza restaurant. Unfortunately, it’s closed. I was really hungry for a freshly baked crispy pizza there. So I carry on north on the EN120, which goes through Carrapateira next to the Atlantic Ocean, and which then reaches Aljezur. I recently had a very good vegetarian pizza in the village of Alfambras at Trigo Vermelho, the restaurant that also serves a pizza made with gluten-free dough and also a vegan pizza. Due to the lock down of the country, the owner has …

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