This article, accompanied by a corresponding video, is about the problem of tourist overcrowding that takes place in Menorca. Talks have been given about the saturation of the beaches and other places, aggravated by the presence of vehicles. Continue reading Tourist overcrowding: vehicles and beaches
Dear Mayor and Councillors of Alaior Town Council
The refusal that you have accorded to those wishing to consult the dossiers for the Son Bou Hotels and the illegal swimming pools at the agro tourism hotel of Torre Vella has become very controversial. Recent statements made regarding these hotels require some clarification. Continue reading To the Mayor and Councillors of Alaior Town Council
The Alaior Town Council has granted a licence for the Son Bou Hotels, exactly during the period when they prevented GOB from consulting the file to know what documentation had been presented by the promoters. The criminal proceedings announced are already formalized in court. Within 48 hours all the finance required has been covered. Very many thanks to all the people who have contributed. Continue reading Obscurantism grows regarding the Son Bou Hotels
GOB has started criminal proceedings against the Town Council of Alaior for their repeated refusals to allow the consultation of files regarding the Son Bou Hotels and the illegal pools of Torre Vella. Can you help us with a donation here Continue reading Help us to bring criminal proceedings for municipal transparency
Cris Juanico, the Menorcan singer, recently participated in the liberation of an Egyptian vulture that had been injured and cared for at the Recuperation Centre. Firefighters had to rescue this young and inexperienced vulture that was trapped at the top of a palm tree in Sa Bassa, near Sant Lluis. The help of everyone is very important for the success of the work of the Wildlife Recuperation Centre beginning with the people who tell us when they find an animal and by many other people who help us in many ways including the volunteers and the sponsors of individual resident animals. sponsor one of the resident animals. Continue reading Cris Juanico supports the Wildlife Recuperation Centre
For the second year running, Menorca has registered very few fishing disciplinary proceedings. There is an increasing sensation of impunity and a danger of poaching. There are public servants who are not carrying out their duties. Continue reading Menorcan Fishing Resources in danger
Just three months ago on 29 July, we entered a global ecological deficit. It was called the Earth Overshoot Day 2021. That means that all the resources that we have consumed in the world since that date cannot be regenerated and we are going into the accumulated natural reserves that are diminishing at an alarming rate. It also refers to the pollution produced that cannot now be absorbed into the biosphere.
That organisation that annually calculates when Overshoot Day is reached has chosen 100 initiatives for the entire world that can help delay the date. The solution that they proposed is one that we promote from GOB: the Land Stewardship Scheme.
Specifically, a study has been done on the ecological footprint from the production of beef in the Land Stewardship Farms. They have taken into account factors such as the type of food given to the cattle – if produced on the same farm or, if imported, the distance covered; if the cows are out to pasture or are in cattle sheds etc; the energy resources consumed by the farms – electricity, fuel- and the use of fertilizers amongst other things.
The result has been that the production of beef on Land Stewardship Scheme farms has an ecological footprint up to 64% less than the national average. This is a really significant difference that comes from two factors.
The first factor is the resources consumed with each type of production and the associated pollution. To produce a kilo of beef from the Land Stewardship Scheme requires 15% less in financial resources than that required by conventionally produced meat. This contradicts the theory that to produce organic meat extensively is more costly than by intensive farming.
The second factor is the Land Stewardship Scheme itself. It is that much of the land for the Land Stewardship Scheme would not be considered by conventional farming as giving optimal production value. Land Stewardship farms take advantage of the mosaic landscape that combines cultivated land with areas of wild vegetation for agricultural production. The livestock eats partly from wild pasture roaming through wooded areas and scrubland. Furthermore, this type of management does not deplete the biodiversity but rather encourages it.
In this way, the consequence is not only the kilo of meat that is produced but also there are additional positive results such as the capture of carbon coming from the vegetation of the managed areas.
As consumers, all of us have the possibility to encourage the type of food that respects the ability of regenerating the World. Bear this in mind when you go shopping.
You can consult the available products of the Land Stewardship Scheme sold direct on https://www.gobmenorca.com/productescustodia. You can learn more about the program by watching the videos listed on our You Tube Channel.
You can see news on the Global Footprint network website.
The calculation of the ecological footprint for the production of beef has been possible thanks to the economic support of the MAVA Foundation within the Foodnected project.
GOB, together with other socio-ecological groups, has been working intensively for some time in order to focus collective proposals aimed at an Eco social transition. The law that we are proposing in the Balearic Parliament has as its main purpose to guarantee the welfare of current and future generations. Once the law is admitted for processing, we will start a campaign to collect signatures so that it can be discussed in a plenary session.
We are clear in thinking about the world and particularly about the Balearic Islands that they are heading towards a complex social and ecological scenario: the climate crisis, the massive loss of biodiversity, the scarcity of resources, require a collective confrontation to a future full of challenges that will change our social and economic organization.
We have no way of knowing, yet, what the magnitude of the changes will be that we as a society need to face. However, we do know that they will have a significant impact on our lives and on that of future generations. We also know that individuals and companies are obliged to rethink the way we live and consume, in order to mitigate economic and social risks and be able to offer a future with guarantees for generations to come.
The main purpose of the law we are presenting to Parliament is to guarantee the welfare of current and future generations, therefore:
- Set the objectives to be achieved now for the welfare of current and future generations.
- Determine the necessity to carry out an impact assessment report on the welfare of current and future generations, showing the potential impact with positive and negative repercussions on future generations as well as the ability to define a social, economic and environmental model in accordance with the objectives.
- Determine the creation of a Commission for the welfare of current and future generations of the Balearic Islands. The Commission will be formed of a President, Secretary and a multidisciplinary technical committee with people who are experts in the fields of education, research and innovation, agro ecology and biodiversity, the mitigation of and adaptation to the climate crisis, social justice, the economic model, urbanisation, land and resources, equality and gender politics, immigration, culture, childhood and youth, public health.
We need an unprecedented legal framework that guarantees the preservation of life. We know that this is the only way out if we want to guarantee the future. We need a change in values and priorities that emanate from a standard framework that permeates throughout all economic, public and private sectors both in social spheres and in the areas of public health, and in the resources and the environment that sustain us. Only this way will life and our future be possible.
What is a People’s Legislative Initiative?
It is a mechanism for direct democracy: the public can propose legal initiatives without the mediation of political parties. These proposals have to be supported by a number of signatures and, according to the current law in force in the Balearic Islands, 7,500 are required.
What do we want to achieve with this bill?
We want, by law, all these rules, plans, programmes and administrative acts to be assessed for their potential impacts and repercussions, both positive and negative, on current and future generations. In summary, we want to know how the life of people and the environment will be affected by those projects that, by their magnitude, can decisively condition the environment and social justice.
The proposed legislation has been registered in Parliament and is now pending admission for processing by the Parliamentary Office, as established. From that moment on an intensive, four-month campaign will be launched, to collect and notarise, the signatures required to be able to endorse the proposal. Thus, an intense social mobilisation throughout the land will begin in order to emphasise how the policies of today need to respond for the generations of tomorrow.
This is to announce the excursion that we had to postpone last week to look at the plants of Binidonaire. Continue reading Excursion to learn about the plants at Binidonaire
GOB has made three appeals against licences given for new house constructions in Cala Longa. The reason for this is that this nucleus to the north of Mahon has no available system of sewers. Continue reading Cala Llonga: appeals against new houses without sewers