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More than Sustainable

By Jack Ewing

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word “sustainable” as: “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or seriously damaged.” The word has been in use for a long time, at least since 1727 according to Merriam-Webster. In recent years, with increased interest in our environment and concern over the rate of depletion of our natural resources, the word has come into popular usage. Information about how to live sustainably is readily available, as are products for sustainable ways of doing things. Energy efficiency is of utmost importance followed by water efficiency, social responsibility, general environmental friendliness and others.

In environmental terms being sustainable means that we don’t use resources faster than they can be reproduced. Our actions do not cause the environment to deteriorate. If we are sustainable we can continue to do things in the same manner indefinitely and the environment will remain pretty much the same. The word doesn’t necessarily mean that the environment is in great shape; it only means that it is not getting any worse. 

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A must for 2011

By Tey Arce

Last Nov 19, more than 120 persons toasted for the titis while enjoying an incredible evening at Gaia Hotel & Reserve. Beyond a local sustainability investment, it was a special gathering for professional and personal networking between like-minded, community-oriented businesses and individuals. Everyone was invited, and even guests staying in various local hotels had a great community bonding time. May Manuel Antonio continue hosting more events like this one. Thanks to Titi Conservation Alliance for going beyond a cocktail party and reminding us that we are part of the solution, and that is possible to contribute for a good cause that will last in the destination that we all love.

A part of the proceeds will be use for purchasing 2011 school supplies for young students in the affected communities of Parrita and Londres. Affected families won´t need to cover for these extra but essential expenses. By ensuring those kids will attend school next year, TCA seeks to maintain a level of education and preparation of the youth.

Luckily, Manuel Antonio/ Quepos is surrounded by people who care, and a new year full of positive perspectives is approaching. We invite you to be a part of it. Join TCA or any local organization that ensures a responsible work towards local sustainability. And don´t forget, if you didn´t toast this year, add it to the list of 2011 musts. You won´t regret it and above all you´ll have a great time!

For more information on Titi Conservation Alliance, please visit our website at www.monotiti.org, or contact us at info@monotiti.org at any time.

Titi Conservation Alliance