There are many ways we could stop the global environmental disaster from developing further and -with that- ruining our future. We could all drive a "green" car (I like the Tesla), recycle goods, clothes, bottles, paper etc. But in the end we may just need to accept we should use, eat and do less to save the environment and our future. This photo below was -again- an eye opener for me that we are not -yet- on the right track! And I am sure this cool surf dude must have approved with me when he must have gotten out of the water, covered in junk and garbage trying to impress the girls on the beach. I bet he will be a big supporter of a cleaner sea!
Over the next few days I will post a number of photos that will probably - hopefully- also make you realise we should do less to do more!
Photograph: Zak Noyle
Trash wave Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya catches a wave in a remote but garbage-covered bay on Java, Indonesia, the world’s most populated island ‘Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.’ Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Some people do an extra mile to help save the environment, Lewis Pugh "only" did 330 meters.
To raise awareness of global warming Lewis decided to swim the stretch of sea closest to the South Pole, in icy water with a temperature of -1°C and a freezing air temperature of -37°C. His wife followed him in a dinghy and when she splashed some water, she got covered in snow.
It's not the first time he plunges in freezing water, he has also completed long distance swims in every ocean of the world, has had a swim in the North Pole and he has done some lengths in Lake Pumori (5,200m high on the Mt Everest, water temperature 2°C). But it wasn't all cold, he also swam the entire -350km- River Thames, even though the water was so dirty he had to take a few days off half way through to recover in the hospital before going straight back from the hospital bed to the river to finish. And all this for a good cause!
By doing these (some would say insane) challenges he tries to raise awareness for Global Warming and Marine Protected Areas. Listening to his TEDTalk I got inspired again to do my fair share. But don't worry, you won't be confronted with videos of me in Speedo's diving in some remote ice-lakes!
The Dutch are doing well with inventing new sustainable products! After the Bamboo Boxer shorts I posted a while ago, they have now come up with a new brilliant sustainable item: the Oat Shoes. After you have worn the shoes, you bury them in the garden (which would be an excellent idea to do anyway in the summer with teenager's trainers...) and flowers will appear! According to the website the hemp and cotton will degrade within a couple of months in regular potting earth. The plastic has been tested to break down within 6 months in an ideal environment, but this varies with the type of soil, the temperature and humidity they’re buried in. The tongue of the shoes carry a sheet of paper infused with a wildflower mix that will bloom from your shoes when you have buried them! I think the next step should be that they make the shoes smell of flowers before you bury them!
It's been ages since I last published something on my blog. But not to worry, I'm back online now I have finished knitting my girls Christmas jumpers! This Friday is Christmas Jumper Day to collect money for one of the most important charities in the world: Save The Children.
I will definitely wear a jumper that will properly embarrass my teenage kids but I'm still working on convincing my husband. Maybe I should give him the option to either wear one or make an extra large donation. At least my youngest 2 are ready for their woolly day as you can see on the photo!
Have a woolly day!
In Uk you can simply donate £2 by texting WOOLLY to 70050
I think we can agree that all is said and shown regarding climate change and about the urgent measures that need to be taken but are not. At this moment the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York is in full swing. Every country pledges (again) to reduce their CO2-emission after showing how well they have done in recent years. And this is where it starts to annoy me.
For example; the US claim to have cut their total carbon pollution over the past 8 years by more than any other nation in the world. Great news! But until recently they have been polluting more than any other nation in the world as well. And to put their claim into more perspective: the US has reduced their emission with 649 million tons (10%), the European Union has reduced their emission with 614 million tonnes (13.9 percent).
Even though all (okay; many) world leaders show their best intention to tackle this problem I think the facts show that it is not very likely they will actually take the required action. So its down to us. We will have to take the little steps by ourselves, knowing that if we all do so, it will make a massive difference. A lot of people have started and this has resulted in innovative and brilliant initiatives!
What a great initiative of this French retailer to add inglorious fruits and vegetables to their assortment. It is such an obvious thing to do to cut on food waste that it is (slightly?!) embarrassing that it is not general practice yet! I would love to start each day with a "hideous orange juice" every morning!