This past Saturday, November 30th, the Nosara Community got together to celebrate its residents efforts and hard work toward becoming a national and international model of a sustainable community.
The festival, “Nosara: Ecological Blue Flag Community 2013” celebrated the achievements of 17 ecological Blue Flags in six categories: beaches, schools, sustainable homes, protected areas, climate change and community.
The Ecological Blue Flag Program is awarded on an annual basis and promotes community organization. Earning recognition were volunteers and the yearlong efforts of local committees, who work to develop sustainability in harmony with our natural environment while improving public health conditions.
Local schools and organized community groups participated in many cultural, environmental and athletic events. Additionally, there were many informational displays from local associations, organized groups, and governmental entities who work toward improving the quality of life in our community, including: local Blue Flag committees, Nosara Recycling Association, Nosara Animal Care, Red Cross, Surfing Nosara Foundation, Guanacaste´s Community Fund, Cindea, Kitson Library, Costas Verdes, Nosara Civic Association, ICT, MINAE and the Blue Flag Program.
One of the most significant aspects and accomplishments of the event – it was a “ZERO WASTE EVENT”. Typical Costa Rican food was served in almond and plantain leaves, bamboo straws were used for the coconut water and the drinks were served in 100% compostable glasses made of corn starch. At the end of the activity 95% of the waste created was taken to the compost bins at the Serapio Lopez School. If our celebration, like those in many parts of the country, resulted in piles of garbage… what would be the point of having the festival? It would be counterproductive.
Becoming a model sustainable community and improving our quality of life requires the participation of all Nosara residents. Have you ever asked yourself…what is your role in having a better community in which to live? Will you devote a little time to work toward improving health, the environment, sports, culture or help those more in need?