Heat Wave On Lanzarote

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article by: at: 4th Aug 2009 under: Lanzarote
Playa Blanca (Playa Grande) - Puerto del Carmen

Playa Blanca (Playa Grande) – Puerto del Carmen

Almost 50ºC (122ºF) that’s what the thermometers on Lanzarote measured last weekend. Even on our warm and sunny island we don’t feel such heat very often. Indeed I can’t remember such a hot day in the last ten years I have been here. The beaches in Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca and even Famara on the West coast of Lanzarote where crowded. No wonder… the heat in the streets and the countryside during the day was insupportable. How fortunate we are to have the sea right in front of our doorsteps so one can refresh, having a dip in the cool, big pool.

No doubt, our climate is changing. We have to face it. Not only here, but all over the planet we can feel and see the consequences of our modern lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody would do their bit and help to stop Global Warming. Leave your car in the garage one day, recycle, try to buy local products… Everything counts.
Today I will provide you with a link to a movie called “Home”. It is about all of our home, about the planet we’re all living on and sharing. It is a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who by the way is a great photographer too. Please take the time and watch it. It is about 1 hour long, so you had better have a good internet connection as well.

“Home” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Last but not least, I would like to encourage you to participate in the discussion here. What do you do to combat Global Warming? Do you recycle at home or at work? Any suggestions or advice you would like to give to others?

5 Comments

  • Jules says:

    We recycle our rubbish at home, its easy in Lanzarote with the abundance of bins, although not yet compulsory. We buy local produce from the selection of farmers markets. Also we take part in the beach clean ups to create awareness of the importance of disposing rubbish carefully so as not to harm our marine environment. We live on a beautiful island and hope that we can all work together to keep it that way 🙂

  • Chris says:

    Hiya Jules!!!!! We had our first family holiday in Lanza this year and got involved in the old recycling lark and did our bit to try and off-set the old carbon footprint from the flight over (well every little helps!) But Jules is right, there are so many bins over there it does make it easy to do…….just wished that more did!

  • Holger says:

    Hi Daniel!

    Wir waren gerade in Oberbayern wandern und urlauben und haben somit unseren carbon-footprint xtra-smal gehalten… trotzdem sind wir mit dem sessellift rauf, aber immerhin zu Fuß wieder runter vom Berg. Jarne hats genossen, ich habe ihn in einer feinen Kraxe getragen…
    50° is ways too much – so try to be cool!
    I hope to hearing from you soon… give me a call any other day!? greetz – from rainy and cold germany!

  • […] has passed since we have experienced an intense heat wave on the island as you can read in my post "Heat wave on Lanzarote" from last year in August. Anyone who does know me, knows that the subject of environmental […]

  • Hi Daniel, yes we can all do our bit to help the environment but it amazes me that how lazy and disrespectful people can be.It seems some people still dont understand what a finite world we are living in . Simply disposing of our own rubbish seems to be beyond some people. One of the things about Lanzarote that amazes me however is the minimal use of wind and sun to generate energy. I know that Governments in general and the Spanish government in particular can be tardy it their actions but Lanzarote has the potential to create enough sustainable energy to create incineration plants to dispose of rubbish. Maybe builders and developers (who are quick to make money) should be obliged to incorporate solar panels to make developments self sustaining and be penalised financiually if they dont comply.

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