ECOWEEK was established
because temperatures are rising; the glaciers are receding; permafrost is
thawing; the sea levels are rising; spieces are being lost at a rate faster
than ever before. Because our children and grandchildren are facing a very
uncertain future. Because as responsible citizens of the world we watch our
fellow citizens go on with their lives, as if nothing is happening. Because
buildings are built irresponsibly, badly planned and oriented, not well thermally
insulated, thus consuming 40% of energy produced and producing more than half
of the CO2 emissions in the atmosphere (view EU
Directive 2002/91). Because people prefer to take their cars to the next
block to buy a newspaper, rather than walk. Because we produce and dump more
waste than we recycle. Because we pollute the water we drink, the ground we
grow our crops, and the air we breath. Because we have lost our connection
to the earth and its ability to sustain life on earth with abundance and generosity.
ECOWEEK is for sustainability not only for humans, but also for the ecological
habitats and the earth's natural cycles and processes.