On Sunday, three young whales became stranded on the little beach next to Stella Maris in Vila do Maio. Various attempts were made to push them back into the sea but even with ropes and sheets, this proved impossible. Eventually a fishing boat arrived and using its motor they managed to get these three lovely creatures back into deeper water. This successful outcome was greeted with applause from the crowd that had gathered. Its puzzling why the whales came into such shallow waters. Congratulations to all concerned.
What exciting, ambitious plans! Cape Verde had previously set a target of achieving 50% of the countries power from renewable sources. They have now increased their target to 100% of their energy requirements being from renewables by 2020. What an amazing achievement that will be if they succeed. It will put many more developed countries to shame. Cape Verde has very little in the way of natural resources, and relatively little agricultural land. However, it does have plenty of is sun and wind. Seven years ago the government of Cape Verde set out the benefits of employing solar and wind power. Then they set targets of achieving 25% of the countries requirements by the end of 2011, and 50% by the end of 2020. The government reports that the country already generates 25% of the electricity usage through wind turbines. The government formed CERMI (Centre of Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance). It is hoped that this will serve more than just Cape Verde, but also other west African countries.
President Trump may deny climate change, but Cape Verde recognises the risk to the country and to the planet if we do not tackle this issue. The Cape Verde Government and the EU have recently signed a European Funding agreement worth €5m for the project ‘Reinforcing the Capacities and Resilience of the Forestry Sector in Cape Verde’. The principal aim of the project is to improve Cape Verde’s ability to resist the effects of climate change, which is increasing the extent of the desert areas; it will do this by encouraging reforestation and reinforcement of existing forests.
The ‘Ethical Traveler’, a project of the Earth Island Institute, prepares a list of 10 of the countries within the Developing World that are the most ethical travel destinations. Cape Verde is clear leader in this quest. The island state is currently aiming to acquire half of its energy requirements from renewable sources; it has established programmes to protect turtles, which are hunted and also vulnerable to pollution. Cape Verde is also known for gender equality with women holding positions of authority in both the public and the private sector. LGBT rights are also embraced and it is one of the very few African countries to hold a Gay Pride week. All of this is something that this small country should be proud of.