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22/10/2018, 17:01

ASPEA, sustainable development, conservation, environment, Portugal, Festival, art


 In Northern Portugal, ASPEA has organized a Festival thanks to which one is able to learn and experience how to protect the ecosystem through different artistic expressions. And it could be a great step forward toward a sustainable development.

Arriving at the Art and Environment Days means being greeted by the most peculiar welcoming team: three young ladies (Adriana, Anita and Maria) wave hello in their fish costume as soon as you set foot in the area where the Festival is held, in the Raina Dona Amélia Spa in São Pedro do Sul (Northern Portugal).

The Days (12-14 October) are organized to sensitize people on the connections among environment, arts and society and are promoted by the Associação Portuguesa de Educação Ambiental (ASPEA), with the collaboration of the Municipality of São Pedro do Sul, the Alves Martins Educative Center and the São Pedro do Sul Spa. The attendants are young people, professors, educators, researchers, politicians and representatives of different public institutions.

Some of them have shared with us their opinions and thoughts on this important Festival.

Joaquim Ramos Pinto, ASPEA Chairman, has stressed that "these Days are meant to create connections between artistic expression and environmental protection, using new perspectives and patterns of communication". He believes the event offers new instruments to defend the ecosystem: music, theater, dance, plastic arts as well as daily routines that anyone can adopt.

The importance of initiatives like the Festival was underlined even by Mercês Teixeira. She, who works for the Environmental Portuguese Agency, has linked the necessity to sensitize people to the possibility of realizing a sustainable development. Art and Environment Days and its siblings involve a myriad of local actors who learn to translate the theory into action. That is, statesmen, professors, students and their families all experience the possibilities they have to live a greener life. "If everyone of us was involved, the success rate of the strategies to implement a sustainable development would be higher. The strategies themselves would be more efficient".

ASPEA’s Festival was praised again by Teresa Sobrinho, councilor in the Municipal Chamber of São Pedro do Sul. She has always had high expectations towards what it could achieve, due to her experience working with ASPEA as dynamizator. Also, Sobrinho defined ASPEA´s work as one of "high quality" as it never fails to have a positive impact on territories and communities. She claimed to be sure of the Days’ success and to be satisfied of the chosen location - as the region of São Pedro do Sul needs environmental protection now more than ever.

And this is a goal which here as much as everywhere else ASPEA aspires to reach through the wide variety of in- and outdoor activities proposed to the attendants. The workshop in Environmental protection developed for the schools by ASPEA have been particularly appreciated by the community. David Silva, the ASPEA directive team member who helped bring about the whole event from day zero, has always been certain that these Days would be very interesting for students (and everyone else, really!) exactly because they have a theoretical and practical dimension.

One extraordinary example of this double nature of the Art and Environment Days is the work of  Raquel Bontempo. Bontempo is a Biodance Professor who was invited at the Festival to present her "Take Care of Life", a performance based on the idea of using dance as a mean to protect and feed human life... Just like ASPEA wants to protect and feed the environment through the arts.

Undoubtedly, the Art and Environment Days are a unique chance to learn and experience - which makes them a must-go Festival!

MagdalenaOliveira and Magda Mendes
12/10/2018, 17:01

young reporters, ASPEA, Associao Portuguesa de Educao Ambiental, environmental education, environmental awareness, Portugal


 The Festival Arte e Ambiente organised by ASPEA aims at spreading environmental awareness. The attendants will engage in different socio-cultural activities to enhance their sense of responsibility toward our eco-system while enjoying themselves!

"A River ofMemories." That’s the slogan established to guide the about of 60youngsters, educators, researchers and professors participating in the Art andEnvironment Days VI Edition, which are having place on the days 12/13/14October in Sao Pedro So Sul, in the North of Portugal.

Once again, the Portuguese Association for Environmental Education(Associação Portuguesa de Educação Ambiental- ASPEA), a non-profit associationwith more than 30 years of background, organizes the Festival Arte e Ambiente,an event aimed to increase environmental awareness and responsibility, witharts as main channel. This year, the Event counts with the support of AlvesMartins Educative Center, Sao Pedro do Sul Municipal Chamber and As Termas deS.Pedro do Sul, where the event will be located.Furthermore, the Days will be covered by the Youth Press Agency, with thepresence of its coordinator, Paulo Lima and under the ASPEA’ s CommunicationChief, Liliana Ferreira.

Under the theme Express’Art: A River of Memories,the program features artistic communications, creative workshops, field paths,team work dynamics, performances and a variety of socio-cultural activities,divided into 4 thematic axis addressing different artistic expression, payingspecial attention to its social and communicative dimension.

In order to approach the Environmental Education (EA) to the widestvariety of artistic manifestations, the Days pretend to empower participantswith tools and techniques to make them capable to develop their work in EAfield in a comprehensive way, by offering them strategies and methodologieswithin the experimentation and socio-cultural framework.

This year, theArt’Ambiente Team has the inestimable collaboration of a group of youngreporters coming from all over Portugal, in Sao Pedro do Sul. Thank you, MiguelMagalhães, Daniel Ferreira, Magda Mendes, Margarida Policarpo e MagdalenaOliveira, for making this possible!

MartaEdreira Garcia
19/07/2018, 14:44


 The Paris Agreement is not enough and we need to strive for 1.5°C rather than 2°C

The 2015 Paris climate deal outlined two distinct goals: holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

The Climate Home News website ( ) has published  the version sent by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the governments of the 1.5°C executive group. This second draft of the report assesses the difference between the two goals, namely 2°C and 1.5°C, in terms of impacts on human life, economy and global environment. The report is due to be officially released in October after receiving some feedbacks from governments.

Here is list of the most significant assessed results: 

  • The human-induced global warming reached approximately 1 ± 0.2°C above pre-industrial levels in 2017, and is currently increasing by 0.2 ± 0.1°C per decade.

  • Past emissions alone are unlikely to raise global average surface temperature (GMST) to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, but do commit to further changes, such as sea level rise and associated impacts. If emissions continue at the current rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040. 

  • Risks to natural and human systems are lower for global warming of 1,5°C compared to that of 2°C depending on geographical location, levels of development, vulnerability and adaptation strategies and mitigation options.

  • Sustainable development, poverty eradication and implications on human rights will be key considerations in mitigation efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C and in efforts to adapt to global warming by 1.5°C.

  • There is no simple answer as to whether it is feasible to limit heating to 1,5°C and to adapt to global warming consequences. This is because multiple dimensions need to be considered simultaneously and systematically. 

  • Currently, there are substantial increases in extreme weather events both in a world heated at 1.5°C, and between 1.5°C and 2°C. Such extreme events include high-level temperature in all inhabited regions, extreme precipitation in most regions, and extreme droughts in some regions.

  • On land, the risks of climate-induced impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, including loss and extinction of species, are substantially less at 1,5°C than 2°C. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will bring great benefits to terrestrial ecosystems, wetlands and the preservation of their services. Overheating, if much higher than 1.5°C (near 2°C), can have irreversible impacts on some species, ecosystems, their ecological functions and their services to humans, even if global warming stabilizes at 1.5°C until 2100.

  • Limiting warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C would substantially reduce the risks to marine biodiversity, ecosystems and their ecological functions, and to the services provided to humans in coastal and oceanic areas, especially in the Arctic ecosystems and hot-water coral reefs. By 2100, the sea level rise would be about 0.1 m lower with global warming limited to 1,5°C.

  • Impacts on health, livelihoods, food and water supply, human security, infrastructure will increase with 1.5°C of warming compared to today, and even more with a heating of 2°C compared to 1.5°C.

  • Limiting global warming to 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication requires a portfolio of mitigation and adaptation actions in all sectors and scales. These actions can be implemented only with adjustments in finance, technology and behaviour.

  • Implementing policies to successfully limit warming to 1.5°C, and to adapt humankind to this warming, implies international cooperation and the strengthening the institutional capacity of national and subnational authorities, civil society, the private sector, cities, local communities and indigenous peoples. 

For further information, here is the whole report.

Francesca Melis

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