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Roughly thirty take part in clinic on ditching single-use plastics

foto 2020 taller plasti-fri1The Formentera Department of Environment reports that nearly thirty people turned out today for a workshop aimed at helping Formentera hotels, restaurants and cafés eliminate single-use plastics. Held in the hall of ceremonies of local government, the event was sponsored by the Consell de Formentera, Ibiza and Formentera Marine Forum and Plastic Free.

Environment chief Antonio J Sanz opened the event by applauding both of the Consell’s co-sponsors for their ecological commitment. “This is an incredibly important day”, he said, before launching into an enumeration of the day’s talking points, like application of new Balearic legislation on waste and alternatives to single-use plastics.

Ibiza Preservation Fund’s Sandra Benbeniste said Formentera’s own environmental advocacy was worthy of praise as well, insisting “the goal here is to keep the process moving forward; progress like Formentera’s is ideal”. Benbeniste insisted that the island’s size and particular configuration made it “a shoo-in as a leader in sustainability”.

A range of alternatives to disposable plastics were spotlighted over the course of the day, as well as examples of companies that have opted to say no to such single-use products. Spokespeople from Can Vent and Gecko Hotel gave presentations of efforts at both establishments to nix single-use plastics.

The decision to stage today’s workshop on Formentera and another one, 1 April, on Eivissa can be traced back to the Ibiza and Formentera Marine Forum, a group that insists the Balearic legislation on waste involves far from simple requirements affecting individuals and, even more, businesses. The present moment offers a unique occasion to foment new habits in consumption, they say, as well as the chance to appreciate the Pine Islands’ natural surroundings and shape a future for them that is sustainable.

10 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Tomorrow, 12 March, ‘Talking with families and teachers’ series continues with Marina Ribas’ lecture on food

cartell 2020 xerrades familiesWhen the conference hall of the Formentera Day Centre opens its doors at 5.00pm tomorrow for the latest instalment of ‘Xerrades per a famílies i docents’ (Talking with families and teachers), wellness, health and food guide and researcher Marina Ribas asks, What does it mean to eat well? The series is organised by Formentera’s Department of Social Welfare with cooperation from the local education office, the teachers’ resource centre (CEP) and the Formentera parents’ association (FAPA).

Babysitting will be available during the talk.

11 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Workshop offers help to members of hotel and catering industry keen to phase out single-use plastics

cartell iii2020 taller plasticThe Formentera Department of Environment reports it has joined forces with the Ibiza and Formentera Marine Forum and the group Plastic Free to host a how-to on decommissioning single-use plastics. Set to take place from 9.30am to 2.00pm on Wednesday 11 March in the local government’s hall of ceremonies, the free day-long clinic is directed at members of the island’s hotel and catering industry.

Environment councillor Antonio J Sanz said the workshop would cover new regional legislation on waste, how it applies to Formentera and how it stands to impact local businesses. “So much of the rubbish that’s generated today can be traced back to the hotel and catering sector, so if we want to move the needle downward in terms of the plastics we’re generating, their involvement is crucial”, he pointed out, underscoring the industry’s role in a steadily improving system of organics pickup on the island.

Staff specialist Javi Asensio will be on hand at the workshop offering a review of Formentera’s current waste management situation, and Bsplash’s Flor dell’Agnolo will talk about the Balearic waste bill.

Organisers will propose alternatives to single-use plastics and point out examples of firms that have already made the decision to eliminate such products from their repertoire. Plastic Free says the evening is about creating a space for debate where we can find effective ways to wean Formentera off single-use plastics. Terms of certification will be discussed as well, not to mention the Plastic Free certification process. Additional discussion will concentrate on best practices.

Firms which are interested in taking part in the workshop can get the complete details by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

9 March 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell offers Catalan classes for local agents of Guardia Civil

Catalan language instruction will be offered to locally-stationed officers of the Guardia Civil as part of a collaborative agreement struck by the Language Advisory Service of the Formentera Department of Language Policy and the local seat of the General Administration of the State.

Evenings from this Thursday 12 March, five members of the force will attend classes in a room at the Guardia Civil barracks. The first round of classes starts at the beginners’ level —also known as A2— and runs for three months.

According to the island’s language policy chief, Raquel Guasch, the agreement with the Guardia Civil “promotes learning and encourages officers of the law stationed on Formentera to use the local language”. The first of its kind, the agreement between Formentera and Madrid’s office in the Pine Islands is aimed at creating opportunities to learn Catalan and putting the language within reach of Formentera-based officers of the Guardia Civil.

“This is a first step”, said Consellera Guasch, “but the goal is to continue adding courses at different levels, like B1 and B2”.

10 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Book launches, kids’ workshops and writers’ huddle figure among March events at libraries

cartell iii2020 biblio3The Formentera Department of Culture unveiled the activities in store this March at local libraries. At 5.00pm this Wednesday at Sant Ferran’s Punt de Lectura, Xènia Fuertes will lead children ages seven and up in a creative workshop called “Dona Llum” where participants will learn about the body in motion, writing, narrating, collages, textures, music, drawing and plastic arts—“plus lots of magic”, adds Fuertes.

At 8.00pm on Friday 13 March the Marià Villangómez library will play host to a close-up of Miren Jaurne’s book La Venus que rompió el espejo. Jaurne, also known on social media as MimiXXL, is a youtuber whose current book lets readers in on some of her darkest moments, and deals with the futility of judging ourselves based on physical appearance, or handing others the same power. We have nothing to be ashamed of, and a “no” early on can save us from a downward spiral of self-destruction. Today Jaurne isn’t just a woman who has overcome her fears; she has joined the fight to stop bullying and the “body positive” movement. Lilian Heinrichs will emcee the all-ages event.

Rondalles
At 5.30pm next Tuesday 17 March at the Sant Ferran Punt de Lectura, the Formentera chapter of Obra Cultural Balear will host a reading of Rondalles de Formentera. The event is a way for islanders to discover the homespun fables known as rondalles, not to mention expand their Catalan expertise and promote reading among youth.

Another OCB-sponsored event happens in the library at 8.30pm on Friday 20 March. Billed as an “inter-island gathering of writers”, the event will see the participation of Mario Riera, Carles Fabregat, Fina Torres, Esteve Portas, Neus Costa, Mireia Bernabeu and Joan Ferrer, not to mention that of presenters Nora Albert and Maria Teresa Ferrer.

At 8.00pm on Friday 27 March, patrons of the library can look foward to another book launch, this time hosted by Vicent Ferrer Mayans and centred on Isidor Marí’s Poesia, llengua, país: Una mirada des d’Eivissa [Poetry, language, country: A view from Eivissa]. Describing the diversity and the distinct sense of unity that the lands in question share, Marí confides that as he selected texts for the volume and mulled over the order in which they’d appear, the triad of language, poetic/literary creation and a country’s cultural/political consolidation struck him as a fitting synthesis of what had been at the centre of his reflections. “I’d like to think my texts have helped us on this collective path, along with so many others more distinguished and more prevalent than mine. Above all”, says Marí, “I want to believe that our poetry, our language and our country will one day achieve the plenitude they so long for and deserve”. The event is put together by the Formentera Department of Heritage.

At 6.00pm on Monday 30 March the library will play host to Contes en OFF, a storytime for kids by Minorcan troupe No Som Tres enlisting humour, plus a bit of clownery and on-stage antics, to encourage reading.

At 8.00pm on Tuesday 31 March, bookworms rendezvous at the library for another gathering of the book club Llegeix i Gaudeix. As every first Tuesday of the month, the group Contes per parlar amb la lluna [Tales to discuss with the moon] convened on Tuesday 3 March.

9 March 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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