If one person’s refuse, is another person’s business possibility, then La Feria Ambiental 2013 promises to deliver on showcasing many green initiatives in Bogotá.
La Feria Ambiental is an alternative space where NGO’s, small business owners as well as personal projects have come together in the artisans’ square of Plaza de los Artesanos (Cra 60 No 63 A – 52) to present viable business opportunities involving everything from eco-tourism to sustainable agriculture, even bio construction.
On Saturday, Japanese tourism promoter Yokoi Kenji leads a conference entitled ‘Turismo con proposito’ (Tourism with a purpose), and, at midday, chants to water will permeate the main square of the exhibition grounds. At 4:00 pm there’s the screening of the controversial documentary ‘9.70’, which examines the issue of seed independence in Colombia. In the afternoon, there’s a workshop on Urban Agriculture for those interested in turning limited green space into sustainable agriculture. Towards late afternoon, economist and public policy expert Mario Alejandro Valencia will take on the mining issue in Colombia and how environmental considerations and standards must form part of the political agenda.
Take Sunday to stroll the event at your leisure and browse the many stalls offering green products and services. If you bring along some recyclable materials to exchange at the fair,the entry fee will be waived.