Save some food

I downloaded an app a few days ago. Karma. That is the name of the app. Karma. Its main purpose is to help restaurants and bakeries sell the last pieces of food or baked goods before they close for the day. Two hours before closing they put a notification up on the app with what is left, and the customers can use the app to buy the food for half the price and pick it up before closing time. Usually before six o´clock. I have noticed during these days I have had the app that a lot of food gets saved. You have to move fast if you want to have a chance at dinner from a well-renowned place for half the price. You just have to love innovation.

I found this article by The Guardian of apps around the world that does the same thing.

Food waste- European commission

How to make vegan mayonnaise

I was in search of vegan mayonnaise at the grocery store yesterday and was standing in front of the shelves where you can find mayonnaise. I had around thirty-five brands in front of me with some differences in taste and light or full fat. Two of the options was vegan. Not made out of an egg. Both of the brands were sold out and on the shelf stood a cute note saying that the store had a  back order and would receive new shipment as fast as the manufacturer could deliver.

Out of all these brands, the only mayo sold out was the vegan one. What do we learn from that? What does the public want? I was mildly amused because if I could not buy the mayo I had to make it, and I had tried and failed many times before so I was not that keen on making another try. This time I succeeded, though. I was so happy that I called my sister in the middle of the night to tell her. She knew my struggle with the mayo making. I think that the secret this time was my oven. All the ingredients had to be in the same temperature and the best way I could accomplish that was to turn on my oven and put the ingredients on the counter or the stove (which obviously was turned off) above the oven.

Fraser was on in the background and I smiled when he dated a young woman that had cut out meat, dairy and was basically a vegan. I think it is difficult today, not being able to buy everything I want at the grocery store, I wonder how it must have been then:) (The series aired 1999-2004.)

The recipe for the vegan mayonnaise is:

3 tablespoons of chickpea water.
1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of vinegar
3 dl (1.3 cups) of rapeseed oil

Mix the first three ingredients with an electric mixer and then slowly pour the rapeseed oil in. It should go fast to thicken up.

Baltic Sea Science Center

Bildresultat för östersjöhuset

Stockholm, Sweden is getting a new Baltic Sea Science Center located in the heart of Stockholm. On Skansen, Djurgården. One of Swedens most beloved places for families and schools. The Baltic sea science center is going to focus on a positive experience but also to inform of the challenges that the Baltic sea faces right now. The main purpose is to educate children and schools in agriculture and our waters. The Baltic Sea is one of the sickest seas in the world and we do not speak about it enough. Every information I can find is in Swedish but I have taken the liberty to translate from the most important site. Baltic Sea 2020. They have taken the initiative for making the center and are the financier of the building.

BalticSea2020 and Skansen have decided to build a unique knowledge center on the Baltic Sea. The purpose is to increase public awareness of the sea as well as offer a place for school students where they can learn more about the Baltic Sea and the future of the ocean.

Baltic Sea Science Center, the Baltic Sea Science Center, will consist of exhibitions, aquariums, classrooms and laboratory. In three large aquariums, the visitor will meet fish such as cod, turbot, sea trout, zygge, but also different types of plant life, and learn more about the marine environment. The educational spaces, primarily aimed at high school and high school students, highlight four different environmental challenges – eutrophication, overfishing, environmental damage and depleted diversity, current research and future solutions. Here there will also be room for teaching with the schoolroom and laboratory – a next generation site to create the conditions for a cleaner sea.

The house will be a place everyone can go to learn more about the unique environment of the Baltic Sea, grasp the difficult situation the sea is in and find out what we can do together to turn the Baltic Sea in a positive direction.

The building will be located between the Skansen Aquarium and Galejan’s Tivoli Gardens. The main financier is BalticSea2020, supported by Skansen. – BalticSea2020

For more information about the Baltic Sea:

WWF- Threats to the Baltic Sea

Forum for environmental information- Old problems and new threats
in the Baltic Sea – how can we solve them?

So I can have my new phone or car

My phone is starting to give up on me and I have to restart it three or four times every day. My Samsung 7 is barely two years old, but I already need to look for a new phone. An article in Swedish popped up on my social media were the journalists took the readers to Kongo and the Cobalt mining that is occurring there. They use Cobalt in batteries. The information, pictures, and videos that showed the appalling world a mind-worker is living, how they climb down a dark hole with only a hammer to dig with and their bare hands, shocked me. I found a similar article written by the Washington Post.

Our thirst for batteries are increasing with the use of smartphones and electric cars, and I can honestly say that I am going to buy both in the near future. Someone in Africa is going to climb down a black hole, unprotected, and dig with his bare hands and hammer for me. So I can have my new phone or car.

 

the difference between climate change and weather.

I can’t say that I have seen any changes in our climate by looking at the weather day to day, week to week, month to month, or even year to year but if I look back thirty years to when I was a child I see a huge difference. When I was a little girl the winters in Stockholm was long and cold. It started in Oktober and held a firm grip on our daily weather to the first glimpse of the suns shine broke free from the never-ending darkness in May. Today the winter starts in January and are going to leave us in Mars or April. Thirty years have changed it.

I had to look up NASA´s definition on the difference between climate change and weather.

Weather is basically the way the atmosphere is behaving, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities. The difference between weather and climate is that weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months) changes in the atmosphere. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure, as in high and low pressure.

In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space. An easy way to remember the difference is that climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms. –NASA

Sustainable development – with focus on Climate Change

School starts next week, and I have bought the books I need for the course.

Climate Change and Sustainable Development – Assessing Progress of Regions and Countries, and Fundamentals of Sustainable Development. 

It wasn´t until today I decided to take the course, but I look forward to it. We have three themes this semester.

The first one is Sustainable development and climate change. The second one is A changing world and inadequate resources, and the third one Climate change and a sustainable society.

I have a feeling that I am going to get exacly what I want from this course, so I am really happy that I got in and that I accepted the spot. It is 50%, so I have time to work (if I find something fun), study and be social, all at the same time:)

 

The march of the penguins

A penguin in snowy Stockholm:)

The world has a new goal; to make Antartic the largest sanctuary on the planet. It would be a step in the right direction. To give our environment and wild animals a safe space to flourish. More information about the poles, south, and north. Sign a petition on Antartic ocean.

This Sanctuary will only happen if we demand that our leaders protect our shared oceans. This year we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make it happen – the Antarctic Ocean Commission meets to discuss the proposal in October.

The commission for the conservation of Antartic marine living resources, CCAMLR, had a meeting in 2017 but they failed to agree on the proposal to protect a large area of east Antarctic. So, Greenpeace has now launched this global campaign so we can show our leaders what we want.

Be all you can be

I am following Fred Granath on Instagram and read a comment he got and answered last week.

The comment: Apathy. Greed. Ignorance. Division. And me not knowing what the hell to do…

Fred´s answer: Be all you can be. Do som reading online. It is easy. Talk to friends and family about it. Vote Trump to the moon in the next election. Bring your own bag to the grocery store. Eat less meat. Take the bike instead of car when it is possible. Vote with your wallet. Support sealegacy.org, Greenpeace and other great ngo´s Stay optimistic.<3 We can turn this around. Because we have to.

I just love this answer from Fred. Be all you can be. It is the small things that do the big changes. Gradually turning towards something better then what has been. People have this assumption that they have to sell their car or go 110% vegan if you do not then you do not care enough about the issue. I do not know what that way of thinking comes from, All or nothing, Black, and white, but I do not agree with it. Think of the impact it would get if you could inspire a large number of people to take a bag with them to the grocery store for a week or two. People that usually do not do that. A small change like that can make a difference in people´s perceptive about what they can do in their everyday life to help. I never thought that I would take my bag with me but today I have it with me 90% of the time I go to the grocery store. The other times I buy the more expensive paper bag. The next thing is to buy small nets that I can put fruits and veggies in. One step at a time, one small thing after another.

 

Sweden has a new environmental law

Sweden has a new environmental law that is going to help politicians make the right decisions for a cleaner future. That law with the 13 billion SEK, Sweden’s environmental budget in the following years, may get the ball rolling for some drastic changes. Changes we need to do. You can download the environmental law here.

Human health and the environment are protected against damage and
nuisance, whether caused by pollutants or other impacts;
Valuable natural and cultural environments are protected and preserved;
Biological diversity is preserved;
The use of land, water and the physical environment in other respects
is such as to secure a long term good management in ecological, social,
cultural and economic terms; and
Reuse and recycling, as well as other management of materials, raw materials and energy are encouraged with a view to establishing and maintaining
natural cycles.- The code, SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

One thing that we speak little about is our Baltic sea we have just outside our homes. The water we and our kids bathe in during the summer and take some of our food from is not the most healthy water you can find. We know of the problem but have difficulties to find solutions.

I found this list on Naturskyddsföreningen:

  1. Control farmed livestock from areas where there are high risks of commercial leakage to the sea. More animal is needed in forests where the need for grazing animals is high.
  2. Increase the tax on fertilizers and pesticides. The money will be returned to agriculture as compensation for environmental measures.
  3. More organic farming in Sweden.
  4. Environmental taxes for ships that release too much nitrogen. Commercial shipping will exceed the emissions from agricultural traffic already within a few years.
  5. Protect threatened stocks of salmonids and eels from fishing, and secure their trails.

Is this really enough to save the Baltic sea?

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