As we are in Spain and I like dogs and miss my own very much, I thought I'd give my monthly donation for December to an organization called SOS Animals, they have organizations supporting homeless dogs in Spain both in Sweden and in UK. I picked this organization as my friend has volunteered for them in Malaga so if she says they are good I trust her.
Most importantly though, remember to take care of the pets you already own or the pets that are in your home country.
Late Christmas greetings from our dog currently in my parents care.
I promised to tell you more about my Christmas present from my husband before. The thing I had to pack was somepants and shoes so we could go horse-riding. It was a great experience and a non-material gift! Here is some picks of us riding in the river, the horses really enjoyed being in the river as it was a warm day, in general we had a fantastic landscape with both valleys and mountains to look at while riding. I also enjoyed my horse as it was a little more challanging than the one's I've ridden before, very easy to correct though and beautiful!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you! We have now spent a few days in Spain and I have already lot's of things in my mind I want to blog about later, but for now we are gonna enjoy Christmas here with family and friends.
Some photos from Valencia where we have spent the last couple of days.
Remember that I wrote about the Sustainergies cup where students help companies come up with solutions for companies? There is still time to submit your ideas until 20th of January. This year you should come up with ideas for fortenant owner organizations on how they can communicate and teach their residents about sustainability. You can download the case and instructions here in English if you are interested to participate.
You might remember I posted a video in support to end animal cosmetic tests earlier this year. I now added this cute little bunny banner down to the right on this blog to support Cruelty Free International in their goal to end animal testing for cosmetics. If you want to add one of their banners on your blog as well you can find them on their Facebook page, an easy way to support them!
I got the below infographic at OnlineEducation.net. I have to admit that also me and my husband are worse when it comes to recycling plastic than other materials but that young people in general are worse at recycling plastic than older ones I didn't know. When I thought about it though, I wasn't surprised, a lot of our friends are not even composting which I think is the most basic.
So; if you are not yet recycling at all, perhaps it could be a good New Years resolution? I'm sure you've done more difficult things in life! And if you are recycling, but not plastic, how about adding that to your recycling habits?
For the rest of you congrats; you're probably already a recycling guru!
I had a little pre-Christmas yesterday, two nice packages in the mailbox and a nice surprise!
I received one package from Maryfly organics, and even if I did pay and order it for myself, Vera and Tommy that owns the store always make you feel special with the little notes and small presents they put in the packages. If you didn't know they sell nowadays Santé's natural haircolouring which was one of the reasons I ordered the package.
The other package was the book Jorden vi äter (the Earth we Eat) from the Swedish Society for Nature Consevation (SSNC) that they sent as a thank you for blogging and tweeting from the conference in November. I was really happy about that; it's gonna be a pleasant read I think, at least last year's book on chemicals was good. Now I have the perfect book to read while we're on holiday!
And last but not least I already got to know my Christmas present from my husband because it involved me having to pack something special. Will tell you more about that later, really excited about it!
Finished my last assignment before Christmas yesterday and started packing for the Spain trip, it's gonna be interesting to be in Spain in crisis. I wonder how much we will notice it, but at least we'll be talking with the people we know and hear their story of their everyday life.
Just for fun I wanted to do a apocalypse playlist for while I was packing, if the world is gonna end on Thursday (or Friday?) I want to go down with some awesome music! So far only Florence and the Machine songs have made the list though, nothing else felt quite mighty enough and put me in the right mood. Let me know if you have any good ideas! What would be your soundtrack during an apocalypse? Not that I think the world is gonna end but any excuse is a good excuse for some good music. Otherwise I can't say how happy I am to finally have some holiday! I'm gonna continue listen to music a tiny bit too loud and get on with the packing.
Read an interesting post over at Beauty & Broccoli's blog about the different ways you can be tired in and that it can be good to reflect over these.
The last two days I've been pretty destroyed after a busy autumn, so I guess that I've been mentally and emotionally tired, after some yoga and working out though I felt physically tired but a lot better mentally.
You can basically be:
Physically tired after working out for example
Tiredness or in need of sleep
Mentally tired a feeling of a lack of energy and difficulties thinking, making decisions and solving problems.
Emotionally tired a little bit like mentally tired but it includes feeling down or depressed.
How are you tired? Or are you dealing with winter better than I am?
I know I'm not always that good at explaining things when I talk about stuff I already know or take for granted. Sometimes I assume that other people will have the same knowledge and understanding than me but just stating " we can't have more growth" is maybe not enough for those who haven't contemplated on the "why growth" question in our economy a bit more.
So why is GDP (Gross Domestic Product) not a good measurement for quality of life or social progress?
This measurement assumes that more spending in the economy will make us "happier", which is not
the case. It is to a certain point. For example, undeveloped countries should be allowed to increase their material well-being but developed countries do not increase their "happiness" as GDP increases. GDP ignores throughput (simply put; the raw material processed during a certain time) and our ecological limits to unlimited growth. It measures the “wrong
things” because, for instance, redistribution of resources to developing countries would likely slow GDP and, another example, environmental
catastrophes are likely to increase GDP as spending would increase after such an event.
I think that is one of the reasons there is no genuine progress in, for example, the climate negotiations: almost all things that would be good for the planet are not so good for GDP or growth in the economy and politicians are usually focused on that. As we all know, COP18, the climate negotiations in Doha ended, again, without much results at all.
If you want to learn more you can read, among others, Tim Jackson's "Prosperity Without Growth", Richard Heinberg's "the End of Growth" or "Bankrupting Nature" by Anders Wijkman and Johan Rockström.
Hope you've been doing well during my absence on the blog!
Finally, things are slowing down a bit, had my last exam today before Christmas and it was the collective exam I wrote about before. It turned out well, our class passed and it was actually a fun experience!
I have to say that I am feeling sad that this course finished. It has been challenging even if we went through some stuff I knew about from before but looking at macro-economics and the world's problems from a sustainability perspective with great lecturers, classmates and coordinators has been quite a journey and I will never look at the world in quite the same way again. Also we had really good readings and material. So if you are in Uppsala and want to take an awesome course, I can really recommend "The Global Economy-Environment, Development and Globalization" at Cemus in Uppsala University.
As I haven't blogged for a while now, I'll take the opportunity to post the trailer of the movie "Trashed". I think I might have some other links saved with interesting blogging material that I've gathered up during the blog-break....just have to go through it all. I hope it won't be such a long break until I blog the next time but I will also try to take it a bit easy and enjoy the holiday season.
There is so many options to donate now before Christmas that I decided just to renew my membership in the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and will think about something more creative in December.
It might be a bit quiet here on the blog for a few weeks as I'm having exams and assigments to hand in and I'm gonna do a last effort in studying before Christmas holidays.
Absolutely, lovely weather today with lots snow, now I'm really looking forward to Christmas!