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Environmental Perspective

Perspectiva Ambiental was a periodical monograph on environmental education to contribute with data and information to go beyond topics on environmental issues, suggesting pedagogical activities for schools and environmental campaigns. This was the first catalan language magazine on environmental education available also in the Internet in PDF format. Some issues have been translated to spanish.

It was published between 1995 and 2010 in paper three times a year as a supplement of Perspectiva Escolar, a publication adressed to teachers, although only in catalan.

Bibliographic reference: ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) ISSN 2462-7453
Key Title Perspectiva ambiental (Internet)
Short Title: Perspect ambient (Internet)

All of us are descendents of men and women who lived in indigenous communities. Experts knowledgeabe of the local environment follow the rythmic cycles of nature. The indigenous people have lived for thousands of years, integrated to the rythms of their natural environment, next to the earth, learning from her. Their oral cultures teach about plants, rythms, traditions, and about ways of living in harmony with the land. Their elderly often are living libraries, custodians of immemorial traditions.

Entering into the mysterious world of fungi, today, is a challenge because in these beings lie a really valuable task in the operation of the biosphere that we cannot forget. We want to emphasize the ecological role of these living beings, over the presence of the well-known mushrooms in our kitchens.

Biomimicry is technology inspired by nature. It's a come back to the earth in which, humble and fascinated, humanity can learn how to live within the limits of this planet and in balance with the other species. From efficient buildings inspired by the natural cooling strategies of termite mounds to self-cleaning paints emulating the loto leaf, we may already find hundreds of examples of how biomimicry may change our world.

The economic growth has reached its limit: we have experienced it and we know it does not make us happy, but that it increases our mental misery, the contamination of the environment and the destruction of the community links. As Gandhi used to say, we need to "live simply in order to let others just live". It is not enough to assume this reality, but we need to make the effort to change the current popular belief. It is time to say: That's enough!

Little by little, human ingenuity has made possible a quite high standard of technical knowledge, but we should look at our better and comfortable life as something to share with every human being.

Every day, our meals make us produce near 200g of organic waste, which means around 73kg at the end of the year. Obviously, we have to outsource the treatment of our residues, but having in mind that the organic fraction has an important value because we can turn it up into compost. At home, we can take advantage of the work of red worms in a vermicomposter and to be direct spectators of the cycle of the fertility in nature.

How many people may the earth support? Which lifestyle doesn't compromise the future of nature nor the future generations? Reducing human impact on the biosphere is an undeniable challenge. The ecological footprint is a method that may help us to visualize a more fair future, in peace with the biosphere.