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This article was written by Sibisse Sosa, from Avanzado 2.

Nowadays, we buy fruits and vegetables but we do not know where they come from or how they have been grown up: if they have used any fertilized or non-authorized poison, if the workers are fairly paid, and so on. Do we know what we eat?

A good alternative is to cultivate your own orchard in your house. No much space is necessary, even if you live in a big city. Moreover, you can full your larder with products from ecological shops.

According to some studies, working with the land take you in contact with nature and benefits your health, it allows you to burn the same calories as thirty minutes of aerobics. A study conducted in 2011 in Holland, quoted in an article by CNN Health, half an hour dedicated to cultivate a garden, can significantly reduce your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone produced.

Do you remember the smell of oranges, apples, strawberries? When you taste ecological food or cultivated by yourself, you realize the difference, you rediscover the yummy fruits.

My personal experience in growing small gardens has been very positive and today I have planted several lettuce and spices and my meals are better with them. I encourage you to grow up your own orchard and enjoy it.


This blogpost has been written by Sarai Reyes from Avanzado 2.

These days the Global warming is a serious problem which affects the whole world. As climate change continues to crank up the heat on our planet, the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at increasingly rapid rates. These and other factors lead to an increase of the sea level.

Unfortunately, the sea levels are rising by between 5 and 8 mm every year. This means that many countries and especially low-lying islands will no longer be habitable. As a result, the effects of global warming have already started to be visible in places such as Lohachara, an island nearby India disappeared in 1996. Its nearly 10000 residents were evacuated and they have become environmental refugees. It could be thought that this is an isolated incident but it is wrong. It is a fact that many islets have also disappeared underwater. What is more, researchers warn that several places around the world will have been devoured by rising waters in only some years. For example Kiribati, Maldives, Seychelles, Salomon Islands, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Bangladesh, parts of Miami, etc.

To sum up, I think the catastrophe can still be avoided but all countries need to work hard together to deal with the problem. Moreover, Governments should encourage the usage of renewable energies to improve the environmental conditions. Furthermore, it is really important that the deforestation of rainforests is cut down, as they are the lungs of the planet. On balance, I know it is difficult, but not impossible because it is about saving the place where we live.


This article has been written by María José Rodríguez, from Avanzado 2.

Gran Canaria hosts the only Spanish international race circuit attached to the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT): the Nort Face Transgrancanaria (125 km), becoming one of the events of reference for lovers of trail running.

The race runs through the most beautiful landscapes of the island of Gran Canaria, starting in Agaete and ending in Maspalomas.

The Transgrancanaria has been held on our island since October 2003. Participants can walk or run through the routes. The race is not designed only to test the elite, because it is also an adventure for everyone. The first edition in 2003 had a total of 65 participants. This year more than 3000 runners including 70 different nationalities took part in it. This makes this race the second  one worldwide in number of nationalities behind the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.

Obviously this is an international impact for our island, being a unique showcase resort, especially for sports tourism, attracted by the scenic beauty and the excellent climate of Gran Canaria.

However, the step of so many runners during the celebration of the race causes an inevitable ecological impact. To minimize this issue, the organization conducts an annual reforestation project. It is their commitment with the environment.

Trail running allows us to enjoy nature in a different way. Moreover, it provides many health benefits, increasing your resistance and leg strength.

Definitely, it is more than just running: human endurance to the limit, the overcoming of our weaknesses.

Tags: Gran Canaria, Transgrancanaria, sports, Tourism, Mont Blanc, Environment, Ealth


You may have received an email about EARTH HOURwhat is it about? Basically, it’s about switching all the lights off for an hour as a sign of protest against global warming. Remember, Earth Hour is on March 28th, 2009 at 8:30pm.


This girl in the video above told the UNO what to do to look after the planet…  that was back in 1992. Do you think they listened to her?



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