All posts filed under: environment

Kibbutz Lotan

Located in the middle of the desert in the south of Israel, we stopped for a night at Kibbutz Lotan on our way to Eilat. At the time it was a few months before my brother was to start his program there. The Green Apprenticeship, as the course is called is… […] a sustainable development and permaculture design course. The GA trains apprentices to understand and be able to identify and create sustainable solutions for social, economical and ecological issues facing critical industries such as agriculture, water, energy, waste management, construction, and more. And what a magical place it is! Surrounded by desert and mountains, there was so much to see and to understand around the kibbutz. My favourite part being the dome shaped ‘eco-huts’ made out of mud  by students. My brother is living in one now and I could not be more jealous. THE ENTIRE STUDENT AREA IS SOLAR POWERED! 🙂 Thanks to the unrelenting desert sun this is possible. They also have washing machines powered by bicycles, pretty darn cool. And it …

Grow it yourself

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, the weather is not ideal for my favorite fruit trees to flourish. But here in Israel it is heaven for all of my favorites: MANGO, avocado, lychee, just to name a few. It was one of my wildest dreams to live in a place where those trees grew in my backyard, and now they actually do, and it never ceases to excite me. For what reason now do I need to go to the grocery store? NONE. At least while mango and lychee season are in progress. Still waiting on the avocados though… Although we don’t have a big enough yard to plant a big garden, we do have a balcony with sufficient space and sunlight to sustain a happy and healthy garden. The vision started with just a few cacti and now everyday I’m picking hot peppers and cherry tomatoes, basil and mint, lemongrass. We also have rosemary and zatar, and even tiny eggplants! All on our little balcony. And it is so easy to maintain. Just some …

Beach Garbage

As we all know (hopefully), plastics in our planet’s oceans create a lot of serious issues. And there are severals causes or sources that allow these problems to take place and persist. The one that I want to talk about is probably the most obvious one: the garbage we leave at the beach.  Beach Picnics Who doesn’t love a good picnic at the beach? I know I love them, I just enjoyed one yesterday. But the one thing that made it a little more difficult to enjoy was the garbage rolling over my sunbathing body whenever the wind blew. It made me kind of wonder how that could happen when all I had to do was lift my head and I could see about four garbage bins. Besides the extensive list of problems I have with the overuse of one-time use plastics, I loathe witnessing a lack of concern or carelessness when it comes to these products, especially when it involves the health our beaches. You would think that anyone who likes to visit the beach …

The Problem with Plastics

In all this hurry that we are in, do we ever stop to think? Do we ever think about what happens next? What happens after we throw our empty water bottles, coffee cups, or take-out containers? No, I would say most people don’t think about it. And why should they? Once their trash hits the can it’s out of sight and out of mind.