Environmentalism in Ecuador series
by Steven Beardsley
|The City of Cuenca|
By Marc Figueras (Oersted) (Own work) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
1. ¡Cuenca, Cuenca!
|The kitchen I share with my roommate in Cuenca|
2. Ecuadorian people are very nice
|Front view of the "Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción"|
or Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,
also known as the New Cathedral of Cuenca
3. Showers in Ecuador are a lot colder
|On a bridge in front of el Río Tomebamba:|
one of the four rivers of Cuenca
|Liquid yogurt in a bag; it goes well with granola or cereal|
From mustard to tomato sauce to yogurt, practically everything comes in a bag. Yes, that includes milk which is similar to Canada in that respect. I also noticed that because everything comes in plastic bags the trash is usually sorted into black bags as any kind of trash including compostable material and blue bags including anything that can be recyclable. I find this interesting since people usually just leave their bags outside their apartments or homes to be collected during the week.
5. Sustainability in Cuenca?
So far I've noticed quite a few things such as the lack of packaging and cardboard to how Cuenca sorts their trash. Unlike Spain with its different colored receptacles, it seems that Cuenca only separate trash and general recyclables as I mentioned before. I did notice that the toilets operate on using less water for liquids and more water for solids. At the same time, a considerable issue I've noticed about Cuenca is how the narrow streets create a lot of traffic with buses and cars that spew noxious fumes. It's so bothersome that people who sell things on the street actually cover their faces with scarves or even wear masks. I hope to learn more about sustainability in Cuenca and even visit some of the nearby national parks.
|A view of Cuenca and the surrounding Mountains on top of CEDEI where I will be teaching|
That being said, the water here is much safer then other parts of Ecuador (like Quito and Guayaquil) since we live about 8,000 feet about sea level and get our water from the Mountains. If you want to learn more about Cuenca, Ecuador you can check out this link: Cuenca, Ecuador.
Otherwise, I hope to continue blogging about the things I'm learning both from living and teaching here to meeting people and learning more about the culture. I plan to blog at least once a month depending on my schedule. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next post.
¡Hasta Luego!-Until then!