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The 14 branches in the Ibiza Fènix's tree cover the many aspects of local community life.

​Select the branch of your interest and connect to people and projects according your

natural talents, expertise, prefereces and likings.

 

With growing concerns about food security and the contamination of both our food, groundwater and agricultural land, the ecological farming movement is expanding at an exponential rate.

Ecological Agriculture is a food and agriculture system that follows the principles of agroecology and is not merely ecologically sustainable, it is also economically viable. It respects the societies and cultures it forms a part of and it is also fair and systemic in its approach.

Ecological Agriculture is diverse and this is one of its greatest strengths. It also means the practices used in ecological farming are not universal, but they are locally specific and can be applied in smallholdings, as well as in large farms. 

It is diverse, knowledge intensive and low in external inputs and fossil fuels. It requires a systemic approach to agriculture from the field to the regional level, including diversity (soil, water, air and climate protection), but there is no universal prescription for what this approach should look like.

In Ibiza, since there has been a huge decline in traditional agriculture during ther past two decades, it should be easily achievable to expand the number of productive farms using entirely ecological principles and ensure that we continue to offer an increasing variety of wholesome and chemical free food products to both residents and visitors.

what can you do?

  • If you haven't already started, you could begin by including some ecological products into your daily diet and taste the difference between these naturally grown elements and products from industrial farming sources. 

  • In Ibiza, we have several shops and farms open to the public, where you can find fresh vegetables and a growing variety of ecological products on offer.

  • Even the 'traditional' supermarkets are offering more and more locally sourced eco products every year, so it's an upward trend in both public thinking and market demand.

  • Since 2001, we have a local NGO specialised in the production and distribution of locally grown ecological farm products, with its main centre called Eco Feixes, in the Blanca Dona area next to Ibiza Town.

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The market for local products on the island of Ibiza is finally beginning to expand, after many years in unfortunate but clearly obvious decline. As more farmers and producers join in the effort to make delicious food and useful objects from materials found locally, we see an increase in interest from both residents and visitors to join the movement.

After the successful launch and continued operation of the first 'Local products market' in the tiny village of Forada each Saturday from 11.00 until 16.00h since January 2013, there is now a second 'Local products market' in San Jose, also open each saturday morning from 09.00 to 13.00h. This is a very positive sign that Ibiza is finally waking up to the idea of being more self sufficient in both food products as well as local artesania.

There are also more and more local artisan made products appearing on the island and it seems that as this trend continues to grow, so does the interest of the local population and visiting tourists, who actually seem to prefer local products if they are available and obviously if they are not too much more expensive than imported varieties.

what can you do?

  • At our main centre in Casita Verde, we try to use as many locally made products as possible in our daily lives and actively promote the idea to both our members and visiting guests.

  • Obviously, the more we can produce from local sources, the more resilient is our local population and in the case of emergencies, the more likely we are to survive well as an island community!

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Throughout the world, conventional construction practices are becoming increasingly unsustainable. The need to accommodate expanding populations adds to the increasing pressure we exert on our ecosystems as we exploit natural resources in an unstoppable way.
The construction sector represents about 40% of the world's energy consumption, with an additional 40% of the use of raw materials. Similarly, the construction industry has a significant contribution to global carbon emissions, which amounts to 57%, more than all other sectors combined. Of this figure, 47% is generated by the use of buildings (heating, lighting, air conditioning ...)

It's time to reduce these figures through the use of natural and environmentally friendly building materials, with a minimum energy demand in their manufacture, also to reduce the environmental contamination and carbon footprint in the world. This can be aided by good design, that will make buildings much less expensive to maintain in terms of their energy consumption.

Ecological construction refers to responsible construction and processes which are envirnomentally friendly, plus the efficient use of resources throughout the life of the building, therefore avoiding pollution, or even eliminating it.


The objective will be to promote the use of natural and ecological materials of local origin, together with the installation of the latest intelligent technologies for heating and cooling, renewable energy supply and efficiency, plus rain water collection and recycling.

It is also intended to provide basic and useful information to raise awareness about bio-construction and to demonstrate that in order to build in a sustainable way, complex analyzes and the integration of complicated advanced technologies and systems are not always possible, but can be avoided by solving them from the origin of the project with an appropriate design.


The entire spectrum of applications in the field is growing at an incredible pace and promises to eliminate our poor ecological footprint by designing new, much smarter housing models.

what can you do?

  • At our main centre in Casita Verde, we try to use as many locally made products as possible in our daily lives and actively promote the idea to both our members and visiting guests.

  • Obviously, the more we can produce from local sources, the more resilient is our local population and in the case of emergencies, the more likely we are to survive well as an island community!

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It becomes more obvious each year, that the use of fossil fuels to power our economy and individual lifestyles, plus the mis-use of natural resources in general is causing some very detrimental effects on both the natural environment and the future of the world population.

On the island of Ibiza, we are blessed with an ample supply of solar energy (some 300 days of natural sunlight every year), plus in many areas, plenty of wind power, as well as literally thousands of tons of biomass in the form of unwanted shrubs and dead trees choking up our forests and causing a huge fire risk during the extremely dry summers.  There is also an enormous amount of human excrement, which can easily be turned into biogas, for powering our vehicles, tourist industry and homes, whenever sunshine or wind energy is in short supply, or not available.

However, it has been recently calculated that we only manage to produce less than 0.5% of our energy needs from these locally available sources, so clearly we have some work to do if we ever wish to succeed in being in any way energy independent as a vulnerable island community.

Another mystery is the way we seem to use up all the naturally available water on the island and need to spend enormous amounts of money burning fossil fuels in order to produce enough of this life giving liquid to supply our continually expanding tourist industry and domestic demand.

what can you do?

  • Installing solar and wind energy, biogas systems and biomass heaters in your own property or your business.

  • Lobby local political parties to make this form of power more easily available.

  • Join this group and become part of the movement to make Ibiza 100% independent from fossil fuels.

  • As for the water situation, we can all take part in using less water in our daily lives, re-using whatever water we do use, for flushing toilets or watering the gardens, plus collect much more water from the rains when they do actually fall on the island.

  • You can also support other groups working to find solutions to these problems, such as the 'Alianza Mar Blava' and the 'Alianza por el Agua de Eivissa y Formentera'.

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With the huge increase in motorised transport here on the island of Ibiza during the last decade, we clearly need to be thinking seriously about how we are going to tackle this continuously escalating and uncomfortable situation.

Because of Ibiza's extremely dispersed demographic situation, it seems that every family needs several vehicles, in order to get around (travel to work or college, go shopping, visit friends or visit the islands beaches etc).

Because of Ibiza's extremely dispersed demographic situation, it seems that every family needs several vehicles, in order to get around (travel to work or college, go shopping, visit friends or visit the islands beaches etc).

Unless some drastic measures are put into place and very soon, the problem will only get worse, until the situation becomes completely chaotic and unbearable for everyone. Obviously, it's time to make some intelligent community backed decisions on the future of our transport systems and begin to reduce the number of motorised vehicles we allow to circulate here.

There is also the question of 'what type of energy we should use to power these vehicles', since so far, there are no electric buses and very few electric cars or bikes in Ibiza compared to other island communities. 

We also have enough local renewable energy available, between solar power and biomass power and could feasibly install electric charging points all over the island to supply clean power to all the vehicles on the island.

The installation of a comprehensive network of cycle routes would surely make a great difference to the use of this kind of personal transport and would in effect give everyone the freedom to move around without causing any environmental damage at all.

what can you do?

  • Use public transport systems, electric vehicles and bicycles

  • We are currently working on a car sharing system which seems to work very well in other places and would further reduce the volume of traffic on the island.

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On an island where the most important commercial activity is "seasonal tourism," both the community and the local government need to work hand-in-hand to ensure that the island's residents do not become "over- invaded" by visitors, nor excluded from the possibility of benefiting from this rapidly growing industry.

Obviously, if most of the local community of the island is going to be affected positively by the tourism that it receives, great care must be taken not to exceed the natural limits of occupation so that the operation is ecologically sustainable, and thus avoid irreversible damages to the natural and cultural heritage of the Islands.

Together with the local authorities and the tourist industry in general, we can improve the offer of the island of Ibiza throughout the year, and especially during the low season period (October to May), by including the local population eager to participate in tourism, thus ensuring that the benefits of receiving so many tourist visitors throughout the year are justly distributed.

what can you do?

  • Promote and participate in innovative and sustainable tourism offers, where the health and natural beauty of the island can be improved thanks to the presence of a "four seasons" tourism program.

  • Participate in study programs, seminars and workshops organized by the association.

  • Organize your own research team to study projects and invent practical business models of Responsible Tourism.

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The problems of waste management and especially plastic waste, which takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, is one of the biggest challenges of our times and now affects the whole living population of the planet. For example, we dump more than 10 million tons of plastic waste into our oceans each year, with distastrous consequences to marine life and ecosystems!

Greenheart Ibiza has for many years been working within a campaign called 'Ibiza Limpia', whose mission is to keep Ibiza’s beaches, coastal areas, countryside and rural roads in a clean and tidy state for everyone to enjoy and to ensure ongoing care for the beautiful nature of the Islands.

 

By promoting efficient and smart waste management, we intend to help diminish the amount of waste generated, as well as to engage the whole population of the Balearic islands in the process of both cleaning up what is already polluting our natural spaces, plus drastically reducing the amount of waste generated, while supporting government recycling projects.

Also, as a well known and very popular tourist destination, we need to demonstrate how we can correctly manage our waste problems, making a showcase for other developing tourist destinations to follow.

what can you do?

  • Obviously, the first move is to reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging you buy when you're out shopping, as well as correctly separating your, ready for recycling.

  • You can also take part in the many initiatives for beach cleaning, road cleaning and maintenenance of our natural spaces.

  • Apart from not littering yourself, if everyone picks up just one piece of garbage when out walking, or enjoying the beach, then the problem can be solved very quickly and without spending millions of Euros of public money in the process.

  • If you'd like to actively participate in making a cleaner, more healthy and more presentable world, then please get in touch with one of the following groups, working continuously to solve the present and future waste problems.

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In order for all the branches of the Fènix tree to be well connected to the general public and to ensure that each new NGO has help with managing both on-line communications and promotional events, we've made a special branch to deal specifically with this objective

Led by Giada Forneris, Italian born expert in communications and Blogging, we hope to assist in the promotion and management of events for all the different branches of the Fènix organisation, therefore offering a professional service to those who would otherwise find it difficult to get their message out there and can therefore concentrate their efforts on evolving their own organisations.

what can you do?

  • Participate in meetings and forums offered by the association.

  • Offer help with the organisation of events.

  • Help to build websites and social media platforms, and spreading the word to the whole island and beyond.

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Holistic health is your overall state of wellness on all levels of your being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It encompasses the health of your entire being and extends to everyone and everything that affects you in any way. That includes your resources, your environment, and your relationships.

Although we are accustomed to dealing with each of these areas separately, the word holistic implies the condition of the whole. In reality, body, mind and spirit are completely intertwined aspects of the whole. They are not separate entities and cannot be separated. When you affect one level, either positively or negatively, to some extent you affect the whole person.

In this branch of the Ibiza Fènix tree, we attempt to join all the different offers from our island which are related to the mental and physical wellness of our population, offering products and services to enhance the general quality of our lives, while promoting a happy, healthy and sustainable future for everyone.

what can you do?

  • Try the many different natural treatments, products and services offered by a growing number of health spa's, natural health centres and ecological shops, plus literally thousands of natural healers, who live on the island. 

  • www.ibizaeswellness.com

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Since the beginning of time, eduction of the future generations has been a huge priority for all intelligent species. However, in the case of recent generations of humans, we seem to have lost many of the most important values passed down from our ancestors and have become more or less disabled by the confusion of different educational methodologies and basic reasons for learning.

Thankfully, due to the great efforts of educational leaders such as Rudolf Steiner and Maria Montessori, we now have available an educational system based on the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils.

This is reflected in the school's approach to early childhood education, which focuses on practical, hands on activities and creative play.

Later these educational programmes focus on developing artistic expression and social capacities; and finally on developing critical reasoning and empathic understanding. The overarching goal is to develop free, morally responsible and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence. Within these systems, individual teachers and schools have a great deal of autonomy in determining curriculum content, teaching methodology, and governance.

what can you do?

  • If you're interested in this kind of education for your children, you can attend meetings and forums from this group.

  • Support the movement, by trying these more holistic methods of education with your own family.

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Most of the world's citizens are unaware that when they place money in 'normal banks', they may be supporting things that they totally disagree with – the arms trade, drugs trade, slavery and prostitution, oil prospection and destructive mining operations, plus a long list of other unnecessary activities which are destroying our planet and the lives of the people.

An ethical bank, also known as a social, alternative, civic, or sustainable bank, is a bank concerned with the social and environmental impacts of its investments and loans. The ethical banking movement includes: ethical investment, impact investment, socially responsible investment, corporate social responsibility, and is also related to such movements as the fair trade movement, ethical consumerism and social enterprise. Other areas, such as fair trade, have comprehensive codes and regulations to which all industries that wish to be certified as fair trade must adhere. Ethical banking has not yet developed to this point; because of this it is difficult to create a concrete definition distinguishing exactly what it is that sets an ethical bank apart from conventional banks. Ethical banks are regulated by the same authorities as traditional banks and have to abide by the same rules.

While there are differences between ethical banks, they do share a common set of principles, the most prominent being transparency and social and/or environmental aims of the projects they finance. Ethical banks sometimes work with narrower profit margins than traditional ones, and therefore they may have few offices and operate mostly by phone, Internet, or mail.

what can you do?

  • If you wish to ensure that your savings or profits from your repayment of loan are used in an ethical way, then simply change your account to an ethical bank.

  • This will guarantee that you are not sponsoring anything that is detrimental to either yourself or our planet.