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February 2021 newsletter

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One minute for your island

We’re delighted to present a brand new competition for 15- to 18-year-olds living in Ibiza or Formentera. One minute for your island was created in conjunction with The Conservation Collective environmental network we are part of, in memory of Iris Goldsmith, the daughter of our co-founder Ben. Iris died tragically in an accident in 2019 at the age of 15. She was passionate about the environment and, as a tribute to her, this new award aims to empower young people her age in their own efforts to restore and protect their surroundings. All they have to do is submit a video of one minute or under before 31 March, laying out an environmental challenge facing their island and suggesting an innovative solution to help fix it. There’s a fantastic prize worth €500 up for grabs, so if you or your friends have children who are eligible, please encourage them to apply and help us to spread the word! Click here to find out how to enter.

MARE winners

Photo: Xavier Mas

Meanwhile, another competition we are proud to be part of has produced some fantastic winners. MARE, which launched last year, seeks to promote the conservation of the Balearic Sea through the medium of photography and video. Nearly 900 photographs were submitted by 120 participants, including some incredibly impressive entries in the under 18s category. Congratulations to the winners; do take a look at their gallery.

Offset carbon emissions for free!

Photo: Luana Failla

Did you know that the average person in Spain is responsible for emitting 5.89 tonnes of CO2 annually? In Ibiza it’s even higher, at 6.26 tonnes per year. We’ve teamed up with the green-tech platform UCapture in a great new initiative that helps you to minimise the island’s carbon emissions when you shop online. All you have to do is sign up via the referral link below and install the UCapture extension on your browser. Commission from your purchases at over 30,000 stores worldwide is then used to support regenerative agriculture in Ibiza. There’s no additional cost to you and UCapture does not track your browsing or collect personal information. Sign up today and help to spread the word – with just one simple step we can all help make Ibiza a more carbon-conscious island!

Almonds in bloom

Photo: Ayelén Alonso

Ibiza’s famous almond groves are in blossom currently – a particularly delightful moment in the island’s calendar. However, the pretty pinkish-white flowers are sadly becoming fewer and further between with every passing year. That’s because the trees have a natural lifecycle of around 70 years and need to be replaced every few decades in order to remain productive – something that has stopped happening so much since tourism became the island’s main source of income. Almonds have been cultivated on Ibiza since Phoenician times around 2500 years ago and the varieties grown here are known for their high quality and sweet, intense flavour. Click here to find out what we and other committed groups are doing to help save this iconic crop.

A huge thank you!

We’d like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all the local businesses who continued to support us with donations in 2020, despite the tough economic conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are 100% reliant on external funding for our work and these generous contributions from our partners have enabled us to keep our core projects going through these difficult times. We are incredibly grateful to every single one of you!

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