Ixtapa | Mexico

Ixtapa | Mexico

I love to visit Mexico even if they are not great about their garbage collection. This year I stayed in IXTAPA. It is an exclusive area and the beach is extremely clean , even given the many hotels and condos lining the shore. This is because they are a ¨certified¨ beach and thus they have very strict rules regarding trash left on the beach. Each establishment is responsible for the entire beach in front of them up to the water. There are stiff penelties for those who do not conform. There are rule boards and people are well aware that they are not allowed to take glass bottles on the beach or syrofoam for example. There are recycle bins visible all along the beach as well. IN nearby Zihuatinejo town , it is not a certified beach and nevertheless it is clean. How have they managed to keep it just as clean even though the town has plenty of garbage on the streets ? One reason could be the efforts of the school children who have painted signs in their own words, encouraging bathers to honor nature and not leave their trash on the beach. These are placed every five meters along the shore. I hope that we can be as successful at keeping our beaches clean here on Mallorca. The Asociacion Ondine has a project called DOS MANOS which oranizes gatherings to actually clean up various beaches as well as an educational program to educate children in the schools of the value and importance of keeping our shores clean in an effort to protect the marine life around...
Mexico

Mexico

I spent seven weeks in Mexico this year. For me Mexico is Magical. The people enjoy life, love music and lots of color. I am sharing some photos of one of my favorite restaurants in Zihuatinejo. . The decoration is UBER-Mexicana. The chairs are all hand carved and painted differently. As a ceramic artist I was particularly drawn to the ceramics in the bathrooms there. They were so nice I was tempted to order my tacos from the bathroom !!!...
HOT SPOT  Success!!!

HOT SPOT Success!!!

I attended the recent conference of MISSION BLUE where renown oceanographer Silvia Earle´s announcement that the waters surrounding the Balearic islands have become a Mission Blue HOPE SPOT !!!! The first in the Mediterranean. mission-blue.org/2015/11/dr-sylvia-earle-announces-new-hope-spot-in-mediterranean One of the questions put to Dr. Earle and the panel by some students was, ¨What can we do to support? ¨ Brad Robertson said, ¨Get in the sea and explore it for starters; dive, snorkel and swim ¨. As a lover of the sea I find that many people feel disconnected from the seas and oceans. It seems so vast and alien from life on land even if , actually, they make life on land possible by generating half or more of the oxygen we breath as well as the water that we need for life in the form of evaporation into clouds that rain on us. When we appreciate the watery world we live on and know how important it is to our lives then we will find ways to protect it. Simply by being conscious of not leaving our garbage on the beach which ends up in the sea is a great start. One can join the Association Ondine project called Dos Manos which is working to educate school children of the value and necessity of putting their trash in the garbage bins.. www.asociacionondine.org/dos-manos Personally I have created ceramic murals to colorfully illustrate just that. People of any nationality can understand the message. Three of my murals are around Cala de Deia and the next will be going to Puerto de Valldemossa sponsored by a former resident there named Ralph. Contact...
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