Fosterwide: slow travel, location independence and sustainability.
Darwinspark’s blogger is investing his writing, energy and creative skills into a new travel blog project. You will find photography and videos showcasing the current destination, wwoofing experiences, eco-tourism, writing, transcultural and teleworking information for long term travellers.
This funny word stands for World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farms, which is a growing travel trend among backpackers, nature lovers and those who wants to experience slow-travel. The farm stay is usually for a minimum of two weeks and can extend sometimes to a whole year. Food and accommodation are granted in exchange of diversified farming work from animal care, maintenance, computer work to recycling. I made this video to share my current wwoofing experience in Norway, 35km from Oslo, a nice location near the Oyeren lake which is the biggest European inland Delta.
Maybe their hearts were in the right place. Maybe not. Either way, these are solid contenders for the title of “worst attempts at helping others since colonialism.” By Richard Stupart
Discovery of the week: Become a freelance travel agent!
Ok, this might look like the usual “become something” scam. But no. This is another peer to peer system wich connects demand with offer. So if you have a great tour idea, discovery plan or any unusual experience in your town that you want to share with travellers AND earn some extra cash, GO FOR IT! www.vayable.com
8 Wild Proposals to Relocate Endangered Species
Moving big animals to places they don’t already live is at once appealing and disturbing, a sort of adolescent environmental fantasy come to life: African lions in Nebraska! Komodo dragons in Australia! But at the beginning of the 21st century, with 7 billion humans competing for space and resources on a rapidly warming planet, exercising arguable control over the fate of nature, moving species around is a legitimate option. Read article here.
Is protecting the environment incompatible with social justice?
When Oxfam investigates the question of whether environment conflicts with development, we should take notice. Read article here.
The Glasshouse is a designer lamp which aims to satisfy the desire for fresh herbs in a city kitchen. Its shape was inspired by growth of plants. The herbs are planted inside the glass lamp along its wall in a kind of gutter around a central opening. This opening not only facilitates easy access to the herbs and the passage of light from an electric bulb hanging up in the lamp but it also ensures adequate ventilation enhancing natural microclimate. All this is basically about making use of the otherwise useless waste heat of the bulb. You can easily regulate the bulb with a dimmer placed over the lamp. Discover here.
Are you telling me Tigers didn’t evolve to be coats? WWF
Over the last 60 years plastic has become central to our lives and mankind has subjected the planet to a tsunami of plastic waste. The facts are that we are changing our environment as we subject our planet to a tidal wave of plastic waste. We have produced more plastic in the last 10 years than we did in the whole of the last century and this plastic production is having a huge impact. It is using vast amounts of precious oil reserves; approximately 8% which equates to the amount used by the whole of Africa. Almost half of the plastic we use is used just once and is then thrown away – the problem is that there is no “away”. The impact on wildlife, the environment and the potential harm to human health are only now becoming clear. The facts are that we have to do something and do it now.
It might sound crazy but this dance and fighting ritual is not a joke. It has been a cultural ritual for many centuries in the region of Potosi, Bolivia. The combat is in praise of Pachamama, and any blood shed throughout the fighting is considered a sacrifice, in hopes of a fruitful harvest and fertility. Because of the violent nature of the tradition there have been fatalities, but each death is considered a sacrifice which brings forth life, and a donation to the land that fertilizes it. The brawls are also considered a means of release of frustration and anger between the separate communities. Tinkus usually last two to three days.During this time, participants will stop every now and then to eat, sleep, or drink..