• Ecotopia is an annual gathering of environmental and social justice activists. This is what it might say on the website of the host organisation but for me ecotopia has become so much more. I have been to four ecotopias and it is becoming like a pilgrimage for me. Ecotopia takes place in a diferent country each year.This year it was in the Algarve in the south of Portugal. The first one I went to was in Holland in 2004. In the intervening years Ecotopia has been hosted by organisation in Moldova and Slovakia.

  • A personal account.

    We arrived at the refinery site at around 6am with a car full of protesters and we took the opportunity for an hour’s shuteye in the car before proceedings started. This was most welcome especially by the driver who had driven through the night to get us there.

  • Gluaiseacht carries out work in the following areas:

  • On the 17th of August the “Movimento Verde Eufémia” went into action, targeting the first transgenic field in the Algarve GMO Free Zone in South Portugal. 65 mowers entered the field and were able to mow a hectare of GM corn in less than 20 minutes. The action received support from a parade of dancers and a samba band!

     

  • The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Vancouver in September 1992, designed artist Ted Dave, as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption. Participants took on the challenge of spending a day without spending, to do anything but shop; to enjoy the free things in life. The idea was to stimulate people to reflect on the fact that the richest 20% of the human population consume 88% of the earth’s resources, and that it’s people in the poorest countries, those least responsible for unwise consumption, who bear the brunt of the environmental damage: degradation of land, deforestation, pollution of rivers and seas and who are most vulnerable to climatic changes. Buy Nothing Day gained widespread popularity following its promotion by the alternative magazine Adbusters and since then annual participation in the form of creative autonomous actions and has spread to 65 countries.

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