Easter in Mexico

Photo: Ron Mader, Boris’ altar for Viernes de Dolores (2005) Mexico celebrates Easter with great passion. In 2017 Holy Week is celebrated April 10-16. Easter Week (Semana de Pascua) is the week afterward. CARNIVAL Easter season traditionally begins with Carnival, a holiday that can begin up to two weeks before the beginning of Lent (Cuaresma). …

City Parks on the Social Web

Photo: City of Calgary, Olympic Plaza In 2017 Planeta.com spotlights our favorite city parks around the world. Which are our favorites? The nominations open now if you’d like to comment. What we love: City parks are used for physical activity, competitive games and gentle strolls. City parks are safe havens for children in which to …

New Zealand’s Roadmap for Conservation and Environment Science

New Zealand’s government released its conservation and environment science priorities for the next 20 years in a new Roadmap. The full list of priorities is in the Roadmap on the Ministry for the Environment website at: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/about-us/conservation-and-environment-science-roadmap. The Roadmap is produced by the Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment and the Office of the …

United Nations Environment Programme

Photo: Huitepec The United Nations Environment Programme is an agency of United Nations and coordinates its environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices. It was founded by Maurice Strong, its first director, as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference) in June 1972 and …

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas and is easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. Breaking: (Feb 22). Today the Clark County commission voted 5-2 to recognize Gypsum Resources’ 2011 concept plan for 5,000-home development at the edge of the park. …

February 21 is International Mother Language Day

Poster: Ron Mader, International Mother Language Day = Dia Internacional de la Lengua Materna February 21 is International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO in 1999 to celebrated linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Events, workshops and even tweets on this date promote awareness. Hashtags: #imld17, #dilm17, #LenguaMaterna UNESCO: “Languages are the most powerful instruments …

What happened in Sweden last night?

Photo: Saamiblog, Sørsame med reinsdyr og slede. Southern Sami with reindeer and sledge Translating: What happened in Sweden last night? Afrikaans: Wat gebeur in Swede gisteraand? Chinese: 昨晚在瑞典发生了什么? Estonian: Mis juhtus Rootsis eile õhtul? French: Que s’est-il passé en Suède hier soir? German: Was geschah in der letzten Nacht in Schweden? Hawaiian: Ka mea hiki …

#TurismoPropone

Sunday, February 19 Ecuador holds its general election. In advance of the public vote, Ecuadoran tourism pros held their own twitterchat (tuitazzo) with proposals for advancing tourism. Hashtag: #turismopropone Highlights: Medición del turismo en tiempo real con herramientas tecnológicas y no después de 3 años (measurement of tourism in real time with technological tools and not …

Share the love during responsible travel week

#please #share #love A few dozen participants from around the world are sharing their love of responsible travel in an ongoing online conversation this week (February 13-19). 2017 is the ninth year for Responsible Travel Week and Planeta.com‘s 18th year of innovative conferencing. Participation is free and Pay What You Want (PWYW). Registration for Responsible Travel …