Happy Earth Day!

La Mancha Plains

We just returned from 9 days in Spain. We traveled from Madrid to southern Andalusia without noticing coal power plants, white skies or other environmental ugliness you'd see in many other parts of the world. We did see lots of wind turbines including one huge wind turbine blade on a semi-truck ready to be installed somewhere.

We saw these windmills towering over the plains of La Mancha 500 years after Cervantes described these or similar 'giants' in Don Quixote: windgiants

We saw many solar farms. It was really obvious that Spain is a leader in alternative energy technology. Spain already produces more than 16 Gigawatts of wind power and about 1/3rd of its electricity comes from renewable energy sources. solarispain

We stayed at cortijoloslobos, a horse farm in a beautiful unspoiled part of Andalusia. The white roof, thick walls and other design features help keep the place cool in the summer. The owners took it upon themselves to care for and try to find homes for animals left homeless during this recession. cortijoloslobos

We saw Olive groves and other farms, well suited to the dry Mediterranean climate. Andalucia We drove a Citroen diesel minivan which sipped little more than 1 tank of fuel in the several hundred mile journey from Madrid to Andalucia and back. Why don't Ford and G.M. release their small diesel engine powered cars in the U.S.? We saw more of the moorish architecture with deep set (often star shaped) ceiling windows. When my wife saw these in Istanbul, she noticed that they were very similar to the Solatube we had installed in our Wisconsin kitchen in the late 1990s, allowing in light without heat.

Stars I hadn't seen since my childhood in the southwestern U.S. desert suddenly reappeared in the dark Andalusian night, reminding me that they've always been there just above the smog, clouds and light pollution. Happy earth day! Yes, it is possible to enjoy the best of this earth and still leave something for the grandchildren.
Comments:

in this world it's hot.
because, please give a green for your earth...

Posted by earth day 2009 on April 22, 2009 at 03:09 AM GMT+00:00 #

However, this very blog entery has a carbon footprint its self..
Nice pictures though !

Posted by Edward O'Callaghan on April 22, 2009 at 04:09 AM GMT+00:00 #

Very nice post, the pictures are really great. Earth Day should be everyday, it is good that there is at least one day to spread awareness. Here are some suggestions on what you can do to help the Earth: http://www.toptentopten.com/topten/things+to+do+on+earth+day, you can add your own suggestions.

Posted by Vince on April 22, 2009 at 04:08 PM GMT+00:00 #

We'll either adapt to the mess we're making around us, or we'll die off, just like every other species has ever done. We don't have any special right to hang around forever.

Posted by guest on April 23, 2009 at 05:54 PM GMT+00:00 #

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