Episode 1/5: The three founders Danielle Dogget, Lynx Guimond and John Porras talk to me (Peggy Merkur). I visited her in January 2022 while taking a few days off teaching at High Seas High School in Costa Rica.
An amazing environmental movement: The world’s largest wooden cargo sailing ship is being built in the mangroves. Millions of dollars are being invested in one of the poorest parts of the world. In a growing community, SailCargo Inc. provides work, shares knowledge and changes the world since 2016.
Thanks to everyone who is changing the world and contributing:
Danielle, Lynx, John, Jeremy, Tara, Xavier, Etta, Russel, Gero, Feraya, Charly, Sophie, Carlos, Alfredo, Russel, Alexandra, Jess and all the workers, volunteers and people who are hospitable and open-hearted.
Working with Mother Earth at heart.
Costa Rica – the magic of biodiversity and contrasting opposites
Costa Rica is characterized by contrasts and at the same time a leader in environmental awareness. Here in the northwest, near the Pacific, the largest commercial cargo ship in the world, the ‚Ceiba‘, is being built. In the middle of the mangrove forests, between howler monkeys and exotic birds, a three-master made of wood is actually being built. The community project is growing near Punto Morales, in one of the poorest regions of the country. The shipyard is called ‚Astillero Verde‘ and means ‚Green Shipyard‘. The concept of the company Sailcargo Inc stands for a future with low-emission sea freight. Ideals that are lived and not postponed. A more environmentally conscious society of tomorrow will be shaped in the here and now.
When projects like this come about and when friends of mine are also there, then sometimes wishes can come true. Yes, I was actually there and smelled the freshly cut guapinol wood, explored the 45 meter long ceiba inside, got to know the enthusiasts, business people, traditional sailors and craftsmen personally for four days.
Additionally, there will be a weekly listening experience for you in ENGLISH. The first is out now: La Ceiba Biggest Sailing Cargo Vessel. (Podcast Peggy Mercury)
I took a few days off and discovered SailCargo Inc. personally. Back in Costa Rica, Longo Mai with High Seas High School, an amazing sailing class project on January 28th, 2022. The weather was sunny, I was a bit tired but with happy thoughts:
I lived in the village of Longo Mais in the heart of Costa Rica, meditating and writing these lines in the shade of my host family’s porch. We were ecotourists here and also part of the good-natured village community. In the evenings, small, self-written letters often traveled from host family to host family with loving messages, thoughts and greetings. The days began with tropical birdsong and a mix of crowing roosters. So I woke up in the „green lungs“ of Del Monte, experienced growing environmental protection, immersed myself more deeply in everyday life with Pura Vida!
Chickens cackled all around us. The dogs jumped and barked along Longo Mai’s dusty main road and branching byways. But it wasn’t just pets that I encountered. Bats fluttered through the front yards early in the morning. All sorts of dazzling species of lizards crossed the path, and luckily the snakes hid in the overgrown thicket. In the evening, dozens of crickets started a chirping concert, to which thousands of mosquitoes danced. Instead of vast landscapes of lifeless monocultures, we were surrounded by infinitely rich green and reddish-brown, hearty earthy color nuances. Five percent of the world’s biodiversity can be found in the small country, which is comparatively as large as Switzerland. Renewable energies account for more than 90% of all electricity generation. 30% of the landscape subject to the most stringent conservation regulations will have the most stringent conservation regulations applied, and by 2030, 60 percent of land area will be reforested. A paradise with many role models. But everyday life has also shown me that in some areas plastic waste is being burned in the gardens in a worrying way. The rubbish lies along the roadsides like numerous small breadcrumb trails. The traces of human existence were clear despite the immediate wilderness.