Seychelles host eco-friendly marathon

The Seychelles islands are set to host its annual Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon for the year 2012, which will take place on February 26.

The Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon has been taking place in Seychelles since 2008. It was initiated by Mr. Dong Chang Jeong, the Seychelles Honorary Consul General for South Korea, who is also head of the Seychelles Tourist Office in Korea. The event was conceived to contribute to Seychellois’ health and to unify Seychellois and visitors.
The marathon indeed helps to bring Seychelles to the attention of more travelers and contributes to lifting the Seychelles brand around the world. For the 5th edition, the islands can expect to receive some 300 overseas participants, on top of several hundred local participants.

On Sunday, February 26, runners of the 5th edition of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon will set off from Beau Vallon on the main island of Mahe at 7:00 am, covering the northern and northeastern areas of the main island, as well as its capital, Victoria.

As for the structure of the marathon, there is something for a wide range of fitness levels. This follows the philosophy of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon that it is to spread the focus beyond mere competition, putting equal emphasis on appreciating exercise and being surrounded by the natural beauty of Seychelles.

Medals and prizes of a range of values are to be awarded to the top five category winners, and all participants who complete the race shall be awarded a T-shirt in addition to their Official Time Certificate.

The Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon is recognized internationally through the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) label. It is organized jointly by the National Sports Council, Seychelles Tourism Board, and INOCEAN M&C (South Korean company headed by Mr. Dong Chang Jeong), which is also the main sponsor for the event.

The deadline for entry is the January 31 for overseas participants and February 15 for local participants.

For entries from outside Seychelles, contact National Sports Council athighlevelsports@seychelles.sc or INOCEAN M&C at sey@seychellestour.co.kr for registration. Local participants are advised to register in person at the National Sports Council.

On the same evening, a Korean Night event will be hold at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay hotel where one may savor genuine Korean cuisine and culture with some 500 guests. Here, a prize-giving ceremony for marathon and half-marathon winners will coincide.

 

4 Fantastic Green Sailing Eco-Friendly Cruises

Finding ways to become eco-friendly has quickly become a goal for many individuals and businesses around the world. Cruise lines are no exception to this movement. Cruise ships by nature are large floating pollution producers; however, several cruise lines such as P and O Cruises and Royal Caribbean have taken steps to decrease their carbon footprint on the world.

  • Costa Cruise Line

This Italian cruise line was the first to become environmentally friendly. Costa Cruise Line has taken intricate steps to ensure that all of their ships have comprehensive plans in place in order to dramatically cut back on energy use and excess garbage. They even teach their staff and crew how to be eco-friendly through educational programs focusing on ways to keep the environment clean. Due to their ground-breaking efforts, in 2005 they were awarded with the Green Star notation environmental award.

  • Disney Cruise Lines

Disney has begun a major initiative to make their cruise ships more eco-friendly. The ships now feature more efficient lighting and cooling systems. The company has also started recycling cooking oil into fuel for large machinery. A recycling plan is also in place for all materials constructed out of cardboard, aluminum and plastic. The efforts of this plan has greatly decreased the amount of unnecessary waste.

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

In order to reduce the amount of sewage which goes into the water, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has converted their waste management system into a water purification system. They also have dramatically reduced garbage by eliminating plastic utensils. All recyclable materials are delivered to a recycling plant, thereby further reducing the amount sent to landfills. And to decrease energy usage during the winter months, the cruise line turns off one engine on each ship, which lessens the need for fossil fuels.

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines

Besides the usual steps toward creating eco-friendly ships, Norwegian Cruise Lines has taken additional steps to stream-line this process. They utilize an eco-ballast system. This advanced filtration system removes all wastes and toxins from any water which leaves the ship, ensuring there are no pollutants being deposited freely into the environment. The cruise line also helps other industries by donating used cooking oil to farms for use as fuel. This

Anyone who wishes to venture out in a relaxing cruise, but still be environmentally friendly, should consider doing so through one of these companies. Their efforts to provide quality vacations while decrease the impact on the Earth are commendable.

Britains first bio-fuel flight takes off

Thomson Airways are the first to provide this more environmentally friendly service. Flying from Birmingham to Arrecife on Thursday, using a mixture of waste fat and jet fuel.

 

The service was meant to take flight last July, but has seen setbacks over testing processes and safety clearance.

 

Thomson maintain that green biofuel has the potential to decrease aviation emissions by up to 80 per cent in the future.

 

The airline giant has already planned its whole fleet to use bio-fuel over then next three years.

 

Thomson Airways managing director Chris Browne said: ‘Sustainable biofuels offer us the opportunity to improve our own individual environmental performance as well as contributing to the UK’s carbon reduction target.’

 

Aviation minister Theresa Villiers echoes his sentiment, saying: ‘The British government believes that sustainable biofuels have a role to play in efforts to tackle climate change, particularly in sectors where no other viable low carbon energy source has been identified – as is the case with aviation.’

 

The aircraft will run on a 50-50 mix of Jet A1 fuel and Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) fuel made from used cooking oil.