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Permaculture with Ilde part 3 – visualising

Thinking is the next step. At this point it is a good idea to visualise the result we want to reach given what we have observed. Visualising is a powerful and useful tool in our daily lives. To analyse the information and then to think about putting into practice the basic permaculture principles that include:
– Working with nature, not against it.
– The problem may be the solution.
– Use the minimum effort for maximum efficiency.
– The performance of a system is unlimited, it is only a … Continue reading

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Arboretum Marbella Offers World-Class Permaculture Course

Arboretum Marbella is an environmental project which has been operating on the Costa del Sol for two years and held the first Permaculture Design Course in the area in 2012. This course will be held again in October and is an internationally recognised qualification which in the words of Director Alejandro César Orioli, “is one of the most effective ways to face the current financial crisis and build a sustainable future through education, enabling and taking action.”

We spoke to Alejandro to find out more:

First of … Continue reading

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Arboretum Marbella Celebrates its Second Anniversary

Arboretum Marbella is an environmental charity creating a people’s forest in Marbella. Its aims are to create a public park of native plants and trees which is a site for conservation, education and a beautiful green space for everyone to enjoy. All their actions are aimed at informing and inspiring Marbella’s residents and tourists to become more aware of the importance of nature and protecting it by becoming more sustainable and less environmentally damaging.

Since the start on the 4th May 2011, when the Town … Continue reading

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Technology for a more sustainable world

The solar de hydrator

Why a solar dehydrator?
Where we live there are many small farms with fruit trees, that while they are productive are not viable to sell the produce fresh and the trees are left without harvesting. Dehydrating the fruit allows these small farms to create a viable way of exploiting their crops. The dehydration process conserves the food while protecting them from the direct rays of the sun and keeping most of the nutrients. This was traditionally done with figs, grapes and apricots, … Continue reading

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Cooking with the sun

Although the Government has no intention of promoting clean alternative energy, we do have the individual opportunity of saving energy by cooking with the sun. There are many different models and designs of solar ovens or cookers available on Interne: parabolic, cardboard box, aluminium reflector, and one that use car tyres! Parabolic reflectors cook very quickly at high temperatures but they are large and have to be orientated towards the sun frequently. The ‘sunstove’ is an excellent design as you only need to point it … Continue reading

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2º encuentro nacional de transicion

Registration for the 2nd National Transition congress which will be held on April 12 – 14 in Mijas is now open. The organising group consists of members from the local groups of Fuengirola-Mijas, Coín and Marbella and is looking forward to meeting new people, making old acquaintances and continuing the learning journey of all that is required in these times of transition.

They are looking forward to establishing new links with people and groups committed to building the reality they want and that we need … Continue reading

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Transition town launched in Axarquia

The first meeting of a new transition group was held on Sunday, March 10, at Algarrobo Costa’s town hall in Axarquia. The event was held under the name ‘First Workshop of the Future’ inspired by Robert Jungk’s methodology laid out in his book “Zukunftswerkstätten, Wiederbelebung der Wege zur Demokratie” (The future workshops, roads to revive democracy), that advocated and implemented a commitment to democratize decisions in modern societies so that its citizens could participate in a comprehensive and equal way, at all levels of socio-political … Continue reading

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Arboretum – Spare any change?

Arboretum Marbella promotes sustainability, a change in attitude, raising awareness and conservation of resources. We plant ideas, concepts and values and then water them with action, consistency and responsible work, so that more and more people grow up with a different perspective and a different relationship with their natural and social environment.

Last year Arboretum launched a transition initiative in Marbella, INTransition, which already has 81 people involved in three emerging projects: Responsible consumption, edible gardens and educational activities. This year we intend to get into … Continue reading

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Solar energy – Finding the net balance

The advantages of using solar energy in a sunny region like Andalucía, the place with the most hours of sunshine in Eurpoe, are indisputable. Some of the renewable energy installations that have the highest yield are thermal hot water, wind and photovoltaic. This article focuses on the latter, adding that taking advantage of this natural, indigenous resource is not just a luxury, it would be an energy-dependent recklessness to ignore it, as a worryingly high percentage (80%) of external energy use also contributes alarmingly to … Continue reading

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INtransition Marbella – Una cita con el cambio por un futuro mejor – video

El 27 de octubre tuvo lugar en Marbella la Jornada Internacional sobre Transición INtransition 2012, bajo el lema ” Una cita con el cambio por un futuro mejor” tuvo lugar este encuentro donde se trato la iniciativas de transición como respuesta a las diversas crisis ( económica, pico del petróleo, cambio climático), donde se conto con la participación como ponentes de Juan del Rio (Red de Transición del Estado Español) , Filipa Leao Pimentel (Transition Network), José Martín Sanchez (Coín en Transición) y la videoconferencia … Continue reading

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