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?

An introduction to a whole-food, plant-based diet

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I watched this presentation about a whole-food, plant-based diet, this morning and had to share it. I think that it sums up everything you need to know when it comes to this way of eating and what it can do for our health. I like the soda demonstration in the end. It clearly shows what he means by cleaning out everything old we have done with our bodies and replace it with nutrients that can fix your health issue.

Food can fix it.- EAT forum

Dr. Anthony Lim has experience in this field and backs it up with research done by other well-known doctors which he shares in the video. It is short, clear and to the point. He also states that he does this because he believes in it, he doesn´t get a kick-back from the broccoli companies for mentioning their product.

It never goes how you plan

I have had a lovely day in the stable or in the apartment above the stable. My friend started with one of her horses, and I took the dogs and my computer upstairs, found the Wii-Fii connection and was looking forward to focussing on the research. The door flung open about ten minutes later, and a little girl with her mother enters and tells me that the girl want´s to spend some time with me while her mother took care of their horse. Yes, why not but she has to accept the dogs, I said, while watching the little girl being chased by the dogs, round and round her mother. After a while, everyone settled down. Me in front of the computer, the little girl with her mother’s phone and some game and the dogs slept under my chair. Peace and back to what I was watching. What are you doing? She was standing on my right side and looked with her blue eye at me. I am watching this event. Why? Because they say things, I am interested in knowing. Can I sit in your lap? Of course. I lifted her up, and we both started to watch the event. Who is that? She asked and pointed to a woman that was standing on the stage and talked. I have no idea I replayed. I was answering your questions when she entered the stage.

I gave up the thought of continuing with what I was doing after some more questions from the girl, and we did something else instead. Her mother came and got her after a couple of hours, and before they went home, the girl wanted to go up to the apartment, to her new friend, and give her (me) the last cupcake. My heart melted. She wasn´t my plan for the day, but it was a lovely distraction.

It is a new year soon, and I hope that 2018 is going to bring some more adorable kids with weird questions that can distract me:) Happy new year.

Happy New Year

I can´t believe that we have the last day of this year tomorrow, or in thirty minutes:) I am writing this late Saturday night. It has been a strange year for me, good but strange. To have to rest, don´t do anything and just take the day as it comes has been an experience and I am glad for the time I got to spend at home. 2018 is going to look a little different. I spend the day with one of my friends, and we started to talk about an idea we had earlier, working together and maybe the time for that is now. We are both free and enthusiastic, and investors would not be a problem. We are going to spend the day in the stable tomorrow, she is taking care of her five horses, and I am going to hang with the dogs in the apartment above the stable and research our idea.

I so look forward to 2018; it is like a clean page I can write whatever I want on. Write book number two, go into business with my friend, study environment or do something completely different. I have never had that before:)

Sustainable development with focus on climate change

I got in on my second choice and now I do not know what to do:) I did not want to keep on with the English studies because next semester focused on teaching and I don´t want to be a teacher, so I had to let that go but this time it is sustainable development with focus on climate change. Haven´t decided yet what I want to do but I have accepted the spot.

I liked Barack Obamas article, I read yesterday, more than Donald Trumps tweet about the people that care about the environment and Climate Change. Is it just me or is he really hurtful? So much hate in that Tweet and it is directed towards his own people, the once that care. He masks it well though, talking about other countries.

I read an article yesterday that I can´t find today about a small town in the USA that saw Trump like their savior. He was going to bring back the golden years of mining and oil and save them all from a life without a job. They were clinging so tight to that hope, that the world they knew would not change. That everything would stay as it always has been. I feel for these people (Trump’s people) that just want everything to stay the same. That is a pretty hard way to live your life. Everything is in constant change and to be the one that doesn´t want that puts you in a difficult place and you are constantly fighting against life.

Top 100 Global Sustainability Research Articles of 2017

The Swedish organization Stockholm resilience center shared this top 100 today.

It is like Christmas all over again for me. I have only read the first one written by Barack Obama but I have nothing to do today so I am going to work my way through the list.

It is good business and good economics to lead a technological revolution and define market trends.- Barack Obama

 

Stay in bed

I have a cold and have to stay in bed all day except for my daily walk with Wille. It usually only stays for 24 hours so I am probably going back to energy mood tomorrow but now my head is pounding. I am watching vegan Youtube videos. I did not know that a plant-based diet could help you with your sex life. That is not the first thing you think about when you talk about healthy food, but everything is connected so why not. Does that mean that people are going to have more sex when more and more people switch to a vegan lifestyle? I hope they use protection or we are going to populate the earth at a rapid pace otherwise:)