Punta Lobos is named after the pods of seals that used to gather at the shore. It is also the beach where local fishermen used to launch their pangas into the waves and sell their fresh fish. Recently, the real-estate project of „Tres Santos“ turned Punta Lobos into a construction site, using the harmonious space for their ventures benefits.
Baia Mare, a mining town in the north of Rumania, first attracted public attention in2000 as the site of the worst environmental disaster in Europe since the Chernobyl nuclear accident. A huge chemical (cyanide) spill by a gold mining company polluted rivers and drinking water and caused widespread damage in Rumania, Hungary and Serbia, spreading through the Danube until the Black Sea.
The situation remains similarly disastrous for the Roma minority living in Baia Mare. Although the former mayor of the town Catlin Chereches provoked public outrage in 2011 with the construction of a wall around the Cuprom ghetto segregating the town’s Roma, followed by several attempts of forced eviction, the situation does not seem to have improved.
"Speaking of society, solitude is another interesting point. The time you spend on the road by yourself teaches you to deal with your own thoughts. All of a sudden you become way more conscious about your own decisions and choices. Important is to stick with them. To believe in this decision you took as the best decision for you and your happiness. And accept everything that comes with it".
We enter a holy world. A world without immorality. Jealousy, hatred and violence are of no concern. Institutions like police and advocates are not part of the community. Golden light stretches over the fruitful land. A land of agriculture. Corn, beans and soy. These are the main produce and income of the Mennonites, a religious community in Central America, Belize.
The Sierra Laguna is a rough environment, which makes life here very challenging. To get by, inhabitants of this area keep cattle. The dry soil and limited water supply makes it impossible for them to grow anything. Their only source of water comes from the high points of the Sierra Laguna. Today the few water tables that exist there are in danger. Pollution caused by ongoing mining activities and an over use by numerous estate developments put the little water supply on risk. Besides the water scarcity, an increasing occurrence of hurricanes poses another serious threat to the inhabitants of the Sierra Laguna. Due to climate change, the 2015 Pacific hurricane season was identified as the second most active on record, with a historic high of 30 tropical depressions and 26 named storms. 16 of them reached hurricane strength, while a record of 11 turned into major hurricanes.