ECOFEST 2016

Antes de platicarles un poco acerca de lo que trata el ECO-FEST, déjenme decirles que me daba una flojera infinita, tener que levantarme un fin de semana temprano, salir de mi casa e ir a ver cosas sobre ecología. Pero como me prometí a mi misma, tratar de reducir mi huella contaminante, me levanté y fui. Hasta ahora creo que fue la mejor decisión que pude haber tomado ese fin de semana.

El ECOFEST 2016 se llevó a cabo el 12 y 13 de marzo, desde las 9am hasta las 18 hrs. Pero ¿Qué es el ECOFEST? Es un evento creado por Las Páginas Verdes, bajo el concepto de lo sustentable, esto con el fin de motivar y acercar a los visitantes con la oferta verde. Productores sustentables, marcas que llevan a cabo una responsabilidad social y ambiental, pero no solo eso, también ofrecen talleres, actividades culturales y diversas atracciones. Citando lo que dice la página

“no sólo se fomenta que se adquieran productos y servicios verdes si no también que el consumidor comprenda verdaderamente el porqué de la sustentabilidad, se involucre con ésta y la viva en experiencia propia”

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No voy a mentir, hasta hace unas cuantas semanas era de las personas menos ecológicas que alguien pudiera conocer, mis baños duraban más de 20 minutos, gastaba papel como si no hubiera un mañana, me gustaba imprimir todo (porque según yo, así “aprendía” mejor), fumaba en mi carro y aventaba la colilla por la ventana, no reciclaba nada; ni siquiera una botella de agua, no separaba la basura, dejaba las luces prendidas y mis aparatos eléctricos estaban conectados siempre. Podría llenar más de una hoja con acciones cero ecológicas, hasta hace unas semanas era una burbuja emisora de contaminantes, cualquier lugar que pisara dejaba inevitablemente mi huella de carbono.

¿Por qué hacía esto? Por ignorante y por egoísta. No estaba consciente de lo que mis acciones producían en el medio ambiente y en el planeta. Pensaba… ¿Qué más da? ¿Qué impacto puedo dejar yo? ¡Solo soy una persona!

Creo que hay muchas personas que piensan como pensaba yo. Y que desde hace mucho tiempo la sociedad ha vivido bajo ésta línea de pensamiento ¿Qué impacto podría dejar yo? Pero creo que ya ha pasado tanto tiempo y han sido tantas las personas ignorantes y egoístas, que ha llegado el punto en que nos estamos acabando el planeta.

Al principio iniciamos este blog con contenidos sólo en inglés, porque queríamos que muchas personas nos leyeran (obvio, como todos los blogueros) e incrédulas nosotras (o bueno al menos yo) estaba 100% convencida que si poníamos contenidos en español nadie nos iba a leer o no íbamos a tener el alcance que nosotras esperábamos, porque “según yo” no hay tantas personas interesadas por el medio ambiente en los países de habla hispana y mucho menos en México. Sí, sí táchenme de malinchista, pero esa era la verdad que yo creía. Que ignorante e inconsciente era hasta hace unas semanas.

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“When the world works as one”

 

 

There’s no one or anything that’s completely independent. Different organizations around the world know this well and work together towards conflicts or situations, like reducing the damaging effects of fossil fuel or ensuring the air quality. There’s no living being that is independent of its surroundings and no environment is independent of its components.

Mexico became in the first country in development that its commitment to take actions against climate change after 2020 at CMNUCC.

The secretary of Natural Resources and Environment, Juan Jose Guerra, and the secretary of External Relationships, Jose Antonio Meade, announced Mexico’s commitments to reduce and adapt to climate change during 2020 to 2030, when 25% of the gases producing their green house effect will reduce, other toxic gases, like carbon, will reduce in a 22% and others like nitrous oxide, methane and chlorofluorocarbons, are expected to reduce in a 40%.

As part of their commitment for 2030 about adaptation towards the impact of climate change, the plan includes having a bigger capacity in the most vulnerable 160 municipalities and no deforestation.

This is why I believe that working together will help not only our environment but also our world in general. We should take advantage of the fact that we live in a globalized world so we should take care of each other as the global community that we are.

 

Biobox in Mexico City

Hensgsheng Plastic MX a company dedicated to recycling and processing plastic products started a campaign in Mexico City that consists of installing Biorecyclable machines created by Mexicans. The first stage of this program started in the Cuahutemoc delegation in 2014 and currently you can find them in the following locations:

  • Parque México
  • Avenida Álvaro Obregón
  • Plaza Luis Cabrera
  • Glorieta de la Cibeles
  • Glorieta de Insurgentes
  • Explanada de la delegación Cuauhtémoc

These machines work with a program that helps people subsidize in their day-to-day life. In what way will they help and motivate people to recycle? First they were implemented to help in the following way:

  • Public transportation
  • Promotions and discounts in department stores
  • Tickets to the movies, ice cream, etc.
  • Cellphone bill
  • Free Wi-Fi in some places

The more you recycle the more recycle points you will get! So this is a great way to motivate people and help create an environmental culture in Mexico City. At the moment I don’t know how many points you get by recycling a single plastic bottle but I’m looking forward in finding out more about these amazing machines.

These machines were also installed at La Feria de Chapultepec, an adventure park in Mexico City, at the beginning of last year. This is one of the many strategies that complete the model of business, social work and growth of this theme park.

The installment of the Biorecyclable Machines at “La Feria” (as it’s known by the locals) will allow the recycled material stored in them to transform into a donation to the trust fund “Pro Bosque de Chapultepec” (in favor of the Chapultepec forest). This trust fund is mainly focused on the preservation of the last standing forest in Mexico City; so that in a near future it will become a sustainable theme park and so it will create a positive impact in the ecological conservation of the city.

If you enter recyclable materials in any of the machines located at La Feria the money that you would generally get in different discounts and promotions would go to the trust fund previously mentioned. So currently you have two options to contribute by using these machines.

The machines work in the following way: they separate the recyclable residues by storing them in different compartments by the material they are made of because these machines are programmed in a specific way that allow them to differentiate the many materials of the various residues deposited in them. Then they compress these residues up to 92% less of their original size so that they can be stored in the right place. For the moment, these machines are only accepting PET and aluminum materials.

Personally I haven’t used these machines but I’m very curios and exited at the same time because this is a big step regarding environmental issues in Mexico City. I really do hope one day these machines will be accessible to everyone in many places.

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Bahidorá

Bahidorá took place on February 20th, 2016 in Las Estacas, Morelos, Mexico. This festival is mainly for having fun with your friends for a weekend and enjoying good music. In this festival you have the option to camp but I wouldn’t recommend it if you are not a big fan of the heat because at Las Estacas the sun is very intense and your tent becomes an oven at 9am.

Nonetheless I’m not here to judge about the music nor the food they sell nor the camping conditions. I’m writing this blog entry to celebrate the fact that Bahidorá took the time to improve their impact on the planet. I’m a smoker and so are most of my friends so naturally we brought cigarettes to the concert and just as I was about to light my first cigarette I guy came towards me and gave me a little orange plastic sort of box. (Here is the picture because apparently I’m not very good at describing objects).

 

 

This little orange thing is made to store the ashes and the residue of your cigarettes so that you can reduce your carbon footprint and not damage the soil with the hundreds of chemicals that a cigarette contains. This is actually a great idea because smokers will be able to enjoy the pleasure of a cigarette with a clear conscience about damaging our planet. Personally I think it’s a great idea to make a portable ashtray because it is so simple yet no one has one or makes one. I have never seen a store where they sell these and I think it’s a great idea, it really is.

So congratulations to Bahidorá, the first sustainable music festival I’ve attended which I broadly recommend.

*If you know a place where they sell this portable ashtray please leave a comment, thank you.

Ecology meets the Oscars?

Leonardo Dicaprio

Setting aside the fact that Leonardo Dicaprio finally won an Oscar (yay!) we are very happy that he dedicated the time to speak about Global Warming in an event like The Oscars because an event like this reaches thousands if not millions of people.

The Revenant is a movie that EcoFanatics very much recommends because like Dicaprio said “Is about a man’s relationship to the natural world.” The modern man has set this connection aside and it really is a shame because nature should be as important as it was to our ancestors. We must remember only humans make waste that nature can’t digest because when a leaf falls of a tree it transforms into compost for the soil or when it rains the raindrops eventually find their way to a river or the ocean to transform themselves into clouds again. Nature is a perfect cycle made to provide life and we are disrupting it.

Here we leave you the video of the powerful speech DiCaprio gave at The Oscars, as well as the transcript.

Here we have the transcript of Leonardo Dicaprio’s speech at the Oscars (or at least the part the we are interested in) :

“Lastly I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of unprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children and for those people out there who’s voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let’s not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”