An amazing environmental movement: the world's biggest wooden sailing cargo ship in the mangroves is being built right now. Millions of dollars are invested in one of the most pore financial districts in the world. In a growing community, it provides work, shares knowledge, and has changed the world since 2016.
Episode 1/5: The three founders Danielle Dogget, Lynx Guimond and John Porras talk to me (Peggy Merkur). I visited the shipyard of Ceiba in January 2022 when I was a teacher at High Seas High School .
Thanks a lot to all the future changers:
Danielle, Lynx, John, Jeremy, Tara, Xavier, Etta, Russel, Gero, Feraya, Charly, Sophie, Carlos, Alfredo, Russel, Alexandra, Jess all the workers, volunteers and people who are hospitable and open-hearted.
Working with mother earth by heart.
Costa Rica - Magic of biodiversity and contrast of opposites
Costa Rica is characterized by contrasts while also leading the way in terms of environmental awareness.The world's largest commercial cargo ship, 'Ceiba' is being built here in the northwest, near the Pacific. 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 boldly created small town 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 such projects arise and friends of mine are also on site, 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.
In addition, there will be a weekly listening experience for you. The first is published now: 1/5 LaCeiba Biggest Sailing Cargo Vessel. (by Peggy Merkur)
I took some days off and discovered SailCargo.inc in person. Back in Costa Rica, Longo Mai with High Seas High School, an amazing sailing classroom project on the 28th of January, 2022. The weather was sunny, I was a bit tired but in happy thoughts:
Looking back in the village community of Longo Mai, in the heart of Costa Rica, I sat meditating and wrote in the shade of my host family's porch. We were eco-tourists here, and apparently, by the way, part of the good-natured village community. In the evenings, small, self-written letters often traveled from host family to host family, with lovely messages, thoughts, and greetings. The days began with tropical bird sounds and a mixture of crowing roosters, so I was waking up in the "green lung" of Del Monte, experienced growing environmental protection, dived deeper into everyday life with Pura Vida!
The chickens clucked around us. The dogs jumped and barked along the dusty main road and the branching side paths of Longo Mai. But I didn't just encounter pets. Bats fluttered through the front gardens early in the morning. All sorts of dazzling species of lizards crossed the path, and luckily the snakes hid in the rampant thicket. Dozens of crickets started a chirping concert in the evenings, to which thousands of mosquitoes danced. Instead of vast landscapes of lifeless monocultures, we were surrounded by infinitely lush green plants and red-brown, hearty, earthy color nuances. Five percent of the world's biodiversity can be found in this small country, which is comparatively the size of Switzerland. Renewable energy accounts for more than 90% of total electricity generation. The strictest nature conservation regulations are applied to 30% of the landscape, which is subject to the strictest nature conservation regulations, and by 2030, 60 percent of the land area is to be forested again. A paradise with a lot of role model characters. But everyday life also showed me that, in some areas, plastic waste is burned in the gardens in a worrying way. Like numerous small breadcrumb trails, the rubbish on the roadsides. The traces of human existence were clear despite the direct wilderness.