A Green Tour of Second Life

Albaycin Nature Preserve

I have decided to add a new feature to our blog, a look at Second Life communities and or groups that emphasize an ecological concern for the environment. My first community is the Albaycin Nature Preserve, which is a part of the Al-Andalus Sim. (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Al%20Andalus%20Alhambra/201/105/49) The Al-Andalus Caliphate Project, planned by Rose Springvale and Michel Manin, is a recreation of 14th century Moor Alhambra. “The plan is to create a system of political and legal governance, based on notions of community self-governance, active citizen participation, equality, dignity, social justice and democracy, and human rights.” (http://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/al-andalus-opens/ )

Albaycin Nature Preserve is a territory within this sim and is designed to “be a simulated demonstration of ways that people can live in harmony with their natural environment.” (From Introductory Notecard to Albaycin Nature Preserve). Animals (terrestrial and marine), plants, geology, and temperature (wet and moderate) closely replicate the Bay of Biscay on the northern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. This is a beautiful territory, with friendly people, and a lot to do and see. Activities include canoeing, windsurfing, swimming, and hiking. (See attached pictures).

Manager and creator Delia Lake ask that you respect the territory. As in real life, she requests that you leave only “soft footprints.”

Fascinating Reading about the Bottled Water Industry

The Huffington Post has released a story that contains a video put out by the Bottled Water industry. In this video, the BW industry proclaims how 'green' they are - and this video has been linked to 'fake reporting'. There are also several great links to other stories about this industry, and some facts about the true nature of bottled water production.

Read more and watch the video here.