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Got plans to hop the pond this y...

Posted Sep 28 2008 6:22pm

Got plans to hop the pond this year? Feel an urge to make that trip a bit more sustainable? Think about dropping by Ecotopia in August, a two-week mobile extravaganza that highlights all the wonderful, earth-friendly things you can do to make your existence more sustainable. Specific deets for this year’s festivities - held in Sinop, Turkey - are still forthcoming, but last year’s gathering in Portugal featured workshops on permaculture, bellydancing, Lithuanian handcrafts, recycling iron, and vegan nutrition.
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At the same time, they held discussions on issues like migration, xenophobia, and the role of media. and the whole event took place with just a smidgen of a carbon footprint from the hundreds in attendance, thanks mostly to the festival’s insistence that everyone contribute to the cooking, the cleaning, the tent-building.

In the months leading up to this year’s gathering - scheduled for mid-August, members of the collective have also set up a bike tour from Belgrade through Bulgaria and down the Black Sea coast - all in hopes of lowering the impact of those people from around Europe who are making the trip.
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For more info on the Ecotopia concept, which has been going on for fifteen years, have a look at their website. Hope to see you there in August!

Photos (c) Pedalofilo, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

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