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Slow Food: “Expo Ends Here, But We’re Just Warming Up”

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Slow Food has: “said it from the beginning: Expo 2015 was only ever going to be an interlude for us [Slow Food], six months of a different kind of activity, in a new context. The 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan aimed and succeeded in attracting millions of people and putting food at the center of the world’s attention.

“We wanted to bring all of our themes to Expo, as well as our answer to the question How to feed the planet, knowing full well that we were not going to be the only ones to do so, and that the solutions from others would be very different from ours.

“We wanted to reach a wide and perhaps less-well-informed audience. We managed to do this, also thanks to the collaboration of Herzog & De Meuron, the architects who designed the Slow Food pavilion, giving a concrete form to our message and turning it an oasis of peace in the middle of the flurry.

“The Save Biodiversity, Save the Planet exhibition aimed to stimulate reflection on the ills of the modern food system and possible alternatives. The public responded, hanging thousands of messages of appreciation to the Tree of Food, demonstrating the great need for genuine information.

“The Slow Food Garden was our main educational tool: not only a picturesque space, but an opportunity for school groups and adults to learn about plant varieties and seasons, as well as the chance to taste authentic flavors.

“We strove daily to give a voice to the many food producers, those who were the real protagonists of this Expo, organizing more than 700 events (available on our calendar) which took place in our theater. The climax was Terra Madre Giovani, the event that brought more than 2,500 young farmers, producers, students and activists from 45 countries to Milan, who “invaded” Expo with their ideas for the future. ”

Nino Pascale, President of Slow Food Italy, said: “We want to conclude Expo 2015 by saying tomorrow we begin. Slow Food has dealt with the topic Feeding the Planet long before Expo began (in 2016 we will celebrate Slow Food Italy’s 30th anniversary), and we will carry on doing so long after the Rho arena closes its doors. The discussion on how to feed our planet with dignity cannot end here: the global population is growing and the impact of the food system on the environment, health and justice is increasingly unsustainable.”

“The Slow Food international network has never stopped working:

– We are currently involved in the organization of Indigenous Terra Madre in Shillong, India (November 3 to 8); the School Gardens Festival in 500 Italian schools (November 11); and the Slow Food Asia Pacific Festival in Kintex, South Korea (November 18 to 22).

– We will participate in the action day in view of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, with the aim of making a political contribution.

– We are continuing to work on our 10,000 Gardens in Africa project, which today counts nearly 2,000 gardens in 34 countries.

– We have established the Biodiversity Monitor and have so far cataloged 2673 Ark of Taste products at risk of extinction.

– We are carrying forward the battles to stop soil consumption, propose a definitive ban on GMOs and to stop the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

More information about Slow Food at Expo 2015 is available here.

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Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage

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While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.

If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.

Repair and Maintain Appliances

Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.

Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.

When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.

Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full

It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.

The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.

Recycle Water in Your Yard

Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.

You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.

Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants

Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.

Install Water-Saving Features

The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.

There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.

Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City

Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.

If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.

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Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism

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When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.

After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.

How was it started?

It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.

How to go about it?

So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.

If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.

What can be learned?

Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .

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