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Our Telegram channel has just reached 💯 subscribers. We would like to say thank you to those who have been following us for a long time as well as to those who have recently joined our channel. It's a pleasure to share our environmental thoughts, words and actions with a growing community of environmental enthusiasts and friends. We know that our consistency in providing innovative environmental news has rewarded us and it will keep on rewarding us while we roll out our new activities and services this year.

At the beginning, our choice to set Telegram as main communication platform was seen as counterproductive by most of our peers. We decided to stick to the Telegram rather than other social platforms for its effort at defending user privacy and its wide range of media formats that can be shared. Through our Telegram channel we published creative photos and videos, audio notes and formatted text messages, polls and educational quizzes, official documents and links of external sources, instant-view articles, and stickers. The content variety has been incredibly high and exceeded any other social platform.

After Facebook's (retracted) announcement to link WhatsApp with Facebook data, millions of people have started moving away from Facebook-related apps into more private friendly apps like Telegram and Signal. Undoubtedly, our channel has benefited from the transition. Also, the great work of Greta Thunberg at raising public awareness on environmental matters has brought other kind of people into environmental-related initiatives like ours. If you fall into one of these two categories of people and decided to check our channel and our work, feel welcomed in our environmental community.

To honor this first achievement, we will donate a cherimoya tree to our 💯th subscriber. It will be added to the 26 seedlings that we have already planted in the two farming communities of Cercado and Carcaje in the metropolitan region of Cochabamba. If you are not subscriber no. 100, but you still want a personalized agroecological Bolivian tree, go to our Carbon Tree Project webpage.

100 times thank you for being with us. Stick with us, enjoy the journey and be ready for our upcoming adventures.
What will happen to mountain tourism now?

Our Italian subscribers should know what happened on the evening of February 14. No, I am not talking about Valentine's dinner but the new stop order to Alpine skiing. The decree was adopted in the late evening of the very day before skiing lifts should have started carrying tourist up and down the slopes. Obviously, the stop order raised an immense number of criticisms about the future of mountain communities and specifically of those that count on the earnings generated by winter tourism [1].
So, here are some tips for “new” ways of sustainable mountain tourism that comply with the Italian COVID-19 restrictions currently in force and support the communities of your favorite winter holidays venue.

1. Snowshoeing. It gives you the opportunity to live mountain landscapes and enjoy amazing scenarios. With the impossibility to go skiing, many resorts have set up snowshoes rental place and designed new snowshoeing paths. Give it a try!

2. Cross-country skiing. A more strenuous kind of skiing than Alpine skiing. Following the cross-country trails can reveal many breathtaking views that are often hidden to downhillers. It also teaches you the pleasure of low-impact tourism and makes you fitter.

3. Sledging. If you have an old sledge in your basement, this is the right time to pull it out and have fun sledging down some properly snow-covered hilltops. Do not worry if you do not have one. Rental places will provide you with all the equipment you need to enjoy this sport with your friends and family.

4. Ski-touring. The boldest way to live mountains sustainably. Going up and down unknown mountain slopes and reaching the peaks is surely the most thrilling sport of the four mentioned here. However, do not forget about the risks involved and bring the adequate safety equipment with you. A safe ski-touring day will give you a memorable adrenaline rush.

If you are still a little depressed about the ski season that you missed out, pick and try one of these four alternative ways of mountain tourism. Remember to wear a protective mask and bring your waste back home when you are done. Enjoy it!
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Meet our new communication manager volunteer!

Lorenzo Barbieri: focused on environmental awareness and education, expert in forestry and sustainability, passionate about outdoor activities and cycling.

Why is my lifestyle green-marked? 👨‍🏫🌳🚴‍♂️

"I'd like to help [share] information about climate and the environment. [...] Not only problems but also solutions that can be used to fight climate change".
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We started the habit of publishing blog posts and articles on Fridays thanks to Greta Thunberg and her Friday's For Future initiative. Today is Global Day of Climate Action and of course we back it up with our latest article on farm hedges and urban greening for better buffer and transition zones. Helping local biodiversity means adding more nature onto our industrialized farm fields and putting more green areas in our cemented cities. It's not a difficult concept.
Nelle nostre vite piene di pensieri e preoccupazioni non ci rendiamo conto dell’uso di un bene essenziale: l’acqua. Da pochi giorni se ne è celebrata la giornata mondiale: un promemoria che ci ricorda i milioni di persone del mondo ancora senza un adeguato accesso all’acqua. Molte di esse sono rifugiati. Difatti i campi profughi spesso non hanno sufficienti risorse idriche per tutti.

L’articolo dell’iniziativa ECOMENA analizza attentamente i problemi idrico-sanitari all’interno dei campi profughi e propone delle linee guida per migliorarne la gestione. Pur essendo utile e accurato, l’articolo è troppo ottimista. Mi trovo attualmente in Libano e ho constatato sulla mia pelle le gravi lacune idrico-sanitarie di un campo profughi informale libanese.

Il Libano è un Paese non firmatario della convenzione di Ginevra del 1951 e dunque non ospita campi ufficiali dell’UNHCR. Questo è il vero problema: la mancanza di enti sovra governativi con strutture organizzative consolidate che possano rifornire i campi profughi di un’idonea strumentazione idrico-sanitaria per la filtrazione dell’acqua. Filtri, impianti di purificazione e un iter burocratico snello per il loro reperimento. Questo serve al Libano. Aiuti semplici e gratuiti perché l’accesso all’acqua è un diritto fondamentale dell’umanità.

Un membro del Team GreenMarked attualmente volontario in Libano.
Campo profughi informale libanese - Regione Akkar. Foto scattate dal Team GreenMarked, 25 marzo 2021.
🇮🇹 Oggi lanciamo il nostro progetto "Green Webinars" 🚀

Per te, un Green Webinar ogni ultimo venerdì del mese per aumentare la tua consapevolezza ecologica, perfezionare le tue competenze tecnico-ambientali e tenerti aggiornato sulle news provenienti dai più importanti green events del mondo.

🇺🇸 Today we launch our "Green Webinars" project 🚀

A Green Webinar on the last Friday of the month to deepen your environmental awareness, sharpen your technical environmental know-hows, and keep you up-to-date on the outcomes of the latest global environmental events.
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Since most of our cities are still stuck in lockdown, it is common to feel the need to cross city boundaries and go for a walk as far as possible from the downtown area. A wander in the woods to escape from the regular worries and anxieties of the city and find some quality time in natural environments. 

Wandering in the woods should follow the same sustainability guidelines that we follow in our daily life, especially in this period, when forests can become crowded with both people and wildlife.

Be present” is the first guideline to keep in mind when you walk on open paths and under the tree canopy. Forget about your social media newsfeed and stay focused on the walk, appreciating the nature surrounding you and the walk itself. 

Be quiet” is the second guideline. Only silent people can fully dive in the forest atmosphere around them, enjoy a 360° walk experience, and perhaps meet some quirky forest animals.

Take care of the environment” is the last guideline. As hikers, we are guests of the forest and must respect it. This means taking our trash back home, staying on the signed paths, extracting only a minimum amount of forest resources, avoiding recreational fires that are not contained in outdoor fireplaces during a dry and windy period.

We’re pretty sure that with these principles in your thoughts, each one of you will enjoy that great activity that wandering in nature is. 
What else? Just have fun!
Le città sono ancora bloccate dal lockdown ed è normale sentire la necessità di abbandonare gli ambienti cittadini e fare una passeggiata nei boschi per fuggire le ansie e le preoccupazioni della vita di tutti i giorni.

Camminare in questi ambienti però deve seguire stesse regole dettate dal principio di sostenibilità che proviamo ad applicare sempre, specie ora che i boschi possono essere popolati sia dalle persone che dagli animali, appena nati o usciti dal letargo.

"Cogli l'attimo" è il primo principio da tenere a mente camminando sui sentieri. Dimenticati dei social media e prova ad apprezzare la natura che ti circonda mentre cammini

"Fai silenzio" è il nostro secondo suggerimento. Solo le persone più silenziose posso vivere a pieno l'atmosfera della foresta, godendosi la camminata e magari incontrando anche qualche animaletto curioso.

"Prenditi cura dell'ambiente" è l'ultimo principio. Quando facciamo queste attività, siamo ospiti della foresta e dobbiamo rispettarla.
Perciò ricordiamoci di portare i nostri rifiuti via con noi, di restare sui sentieri segnati, di non portarci a casa troppi "souvenirs" ed infine di non accendere fuochi in aree in cui è vietato o non vi sono le adeguate protezioni.

Siamo sicuri che tenendo a mente questi principi, ognuno si sentirà parte della natura.
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