Ethos Paper – El Hierro
A dedicated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve the small Canary island of El Hierro has incredible biological diversity and huge variations in climate and topography. Until Columbus sailed the Atlantic in 1492, El Hierro was officially thought of as the end of the World and whilst it remains remote, this dramatic place has become a globally renowned as an example of sustainable development. In 2014, it was the first island to be renewable energy self-sufficient and it continues to pioneer sustainable initiatives such as electric cars, solar technology, biofuels and organic farming. Environmental scientists, energy firms, politicians and PHD students continue to visit from as far as Indonesia and Tonga to discover more about the islands approach to environmental protection and renewables.