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Your local organic market in the palm of your hand

Grow Crowd is now available internationally at the Apple AppStore. This is a revolutionary system of direct communication between farmers and consumers via mobile phone technology. Simply put it´s an app in favour of a sustainable, re-localised food system. It´s a green, social solution! The application, available for iPhone since 8th October 2013, allows local farmers to advertise with ease their produce while adding detailed information on each item. Thanks to this virtual marketplace, Grow Crowd supports the community without intermediaries and allows producers and … Continue reading

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PDC – permaculture design course starts in Marbella

On October 18 the second Permaculture Design Course (PDC 2013) will begin, organized by Arboretum Marbella. This course consists of 104 hours of intensive training which results in an internationally recognized qualification.

The course is both theoretical and practical and consists of 8 modules that will cover all issues related to permaculture as a design tool for systems and sustainable human settlements. The course is designed according to international standards and taught by five exceptional educators with a huge amount of knowledge and experience in this … Continue reading

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Permaculture with Ilde part 2

I’d like to pause along the way for a minute, before continuing with our introduction to permaculture – in any course, workshop or presentation about Permaculture they always start by pointing out that we are facing an imminent paradigm shift, one that is vital as we are faced with diminishing fossil fuels that drive our modern world and remain the pillar of our current civilisation (meaning the 20% of the world’s population who have access to them, 80 % do not fully exploit these resources).
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Incredible edible – community food solutions

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Incredible edible is a UK based project that is encouraging other communities to follow in their footsteps and develop community based projjects based around food – mainly planting, growing … Continue reading

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Andalucian plan for environmental training

This autumn the Junta de Andalucía, through the Andalucian plan for environmental training, presents a new series of training schemes. The full information is available in Spanish below:

Plan Andaluz de Formación Ambiental Otoño 2013
Acciones formativas del Plan Andaluz de Formación Ambiental Otoño 2013

Nuevas acciones formativas Octubre-Diciembre 2013

La Consejería de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Andalucía, a través del Plan Andaluz de Formación Ambiental, presenta una nueva convocatoria de acciones formativas para el otoño del año 2013. Con esta oferta formativa se … Continue reading

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Permaculture with Ilde – tools for change

People are increasingly familiar with the term Permaculture and want to incorporate its philosophy into their lives. For those who still do not know what we are talking about, Permaculture is essentially the design, creation and maintenance of a human environment with a sustainable production system using patterns that mimick the interplay that governs natural ecosystems.

All this and at the same time taking into account respect for the planet and all living things that inhabit it. This definition should certainly resonate with all readers of … Continue reading

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European Mobility week – ‘Clean air – it’s your move’

Over 2.000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 12th edition of European Mobility Week, an annual campaign promoting sustainable urban travel. This year’s edition will run from 16 to 22 September under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’. The campaign raises awareness about the impact of transport on local air quality, and encourages citizens all over Europe to improve their health and well-being by changing their day-to-day mobility behaviour.

The 2013 edition of European Mobility Week coincides with the … Continue reading

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Greenpeace demand end to tax on using renewable energy at home

The National energy commission (CNE) has ruled in favor of Greenpeace in its claims against the lobby of the electrical companies

Greenpeace welcome the ruling by the CNE in favor of the environmental organization in its claims against the Royal Decree on self-generated consumption. The proposal of the Ministry of Industry has been shown to be completely unauthorized, leaving the Minister, Soria, no choice but to withdraw its proposal and make another, totally different one.

CNE’s report supports the argument that consumers have the right to … Continue reading

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3rd meeting of transition and ‘descrecimiento’ groups

Only two months until the upcoming meeting which will be held in Seville on the first weekend in November. This gathering continues the work that was done in Zarzalejos (2011) and Vitoria (2012), to once again bring together all the groups that are working round Spain. The organisers are requesting that all the groups involved send their proposals and ideas for the gathering so that they can prepare the programme of activities for the weekend.

COMPLETE ARTICLE IN SPANISH BELOW

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Andalucía launches ‘efficient heating’ programme

Heating and cooling is one of the main costs faced by consumers and businesses. The minister for Economy, innovation, science and employment, through the Andaluz energy agency, is offering grants from between 300 and 7,000€, up to a maximum of 25% of the cost of renovating existing systems: heat pumps, water heating and poor efficiency equipment for the lates models that could save between 30 and 60%. Rafael Marquez, Director Genreal of the andaluz energy agency points out that climatisation of a SME can be … Continue reading

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