Category Archives: Sustainable Development / Climate Change

Deforestation in Central America

Of all the environmental issues facing Central America the threat that looms largest is arguably that of deforestation. Home to some of the most diverse and rich forested landscapes in the world, the stats on the region’s loss are depressing. … Continue reading

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Organic kitchen gardens in Miraflor

One of the projects in El Sontule, Miraflor Reserve focuses on the development of organic kitchen gardening. Many people have a bit of land by their house, perfect for growing veggies to meet many of the families’ needs. A few … Continue reading

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A ‘New Dawn’ in Miraflor, Nicaragua

7th June: The pace of life in the Miraflor Reserve – 20 miles from Esteli, Northern Nicaragua – is a world away from the usual hustle and bustle of 21st Century living. There is no grid electricity (power comes from … Continue reading

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More on coffee…

On May 15th, Radio 4′s ‘The Food Programme’ broadcast a fascinating programme about coffee – focusing on Central America. Apparently the global price of coffee is at a 34 year high. Back in 2003 coffee was trading at $60cents per … Continue reading

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Women of the Western Highlands

By and large women have a tough time in Guatemala. Machismo is an expected character trait for a Guatemalan man, and women are widely discriminated against in personal and professional life. Many are trapped doing housework whether they like it … Continue reading

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The renewable energy conundrum

Mexico is a sunny country. No flies on me, eh?! People use solar energy to heat water in their homes (we’ve benefited from many a solar heated shower), and occasionally to generate electricity – although the expense is beyond the … Continue reading

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Queretaro: a diamond hidden inside a 12 lane freeway

Lonely Planet Mexico writes of Queretaro: ‘the rather frantic outskirts with their busy freeways can give a misguided first impression.’ Spot on. After a tranquil, rural ride from San Miguel de Allende, the sprawling environs of a city of 3/4 … Continue reading

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A plague of plastic

Something that cannot escape your attention in Mexico is the omnipotence of the plastic bag. Everything you buy comes clad in at least one layer of plastic and handed to you in a bag. We have wised up to this … Continue reading

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‘Los Piscadores’

A ‘piscador’ is one who specialises in working on date palms – cleaning, pruning and harvesting dates. San Ignacio has hundreds of date palms, sprouting everywhere in the oasis town. In one of the stories at Casa Loree – in … Continue reading

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Proposition 23 – an update

As election day looms closer, an article in Grist reported this week  that the polls are showing a majority of Californians reject Proposition 23 – that I wrote about a couple of weeks back. Apparently inter-faith leaders, university academics, prominent … Continue reading

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