domingo, 31 de mayo de 2009

That German verb

I like this article because it reminds me of a German verb, which means at the same time "to create" and "destroy". So let's create good things by destroying bad ones.

I can't find the article I saw this morning in some newspaper and thought that was quite good.
I searched in google for environmental news and got this:
From my early start as an environmental concious mind, I worried about whether information has any impact on environmental behaviour. After all what I have read and seen (and researched myself), it looks like it does, but it also seems that just information (and especially that in newspapers or TV) is not enough. That may be good to make people aware of the problems, but I am even in this case sceptical, because I don't think people who read it change their behaviour necessarily. In fact, if I think of the reasons that led to my environmental consciousness, reading articles in newspaper had little to do with it, if at all. My consciousness developed because I was living through a time in which I became sceptical of the economic and social system in which I we are living. This was toppled with info about the uncertainty on how actions impact the environment, and how turning points could alter the info we have about the system. We regard systems as entities with fixed rules, but should those rules change, we would find that predictions do not work. So I got very scared, because suddenly I realised that nothing is certain, and that we have to take care of the world we live in. Then, living in England, it was sort of easy to have a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. I realised I could take small steps to make my life greener, and little by little, I change my habits while learning much more about the environment. I took a lot of interest in recycling properly, started to buy organic food (which is England is not much more expensive than standard food), switched off someone else's computer screen, flew less, bought products that were produced more locally and used less packaging, and began to appreciate those aspects of my life that were already green, like using public transport, saving water... In a way it was the most amazing journey of my life, because for the first time I really worried about something, I became very passionate. With time, this has faded away a little, and I miss it, even if this will probably be my greenest year ever, as I decided not to fly at all (because I believe I can have a good lifestyle and have fun without the need to fly) and so far, I am doing well :-)

jueves, 28 de mayo de 2009

Don't worry, be happy

I was watching the CNN yesterday. There was a note on a new report from an EIA, stating that Carbon Dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere could increase by 40% by 2030. This is bad news. However, the article (taken now from the website notes that "its analysis is based on current regulatory and legal requirements and does not assume enactment of laws or international treaties requiring reductions in greenhouse gases. Any such action would force shifts away from fossil fuels and less carbon pollution being released". So we know what to do.

I need to know how reliable is this site. I hope someone can guide me on it. Is it a Canadian article? There seems to have the maple leaf as its logo.
The full article is at:

Flying elephants

Can elephants fly?

Once I knew no Czech. Now I know how to say "flying elephants" in Czech, amongst other things. It is funny how I thought of this name for this blog. This time I write because I want to, because I feel like it. Like Eduard Punset has tought me, I have 60 years of extra life, the ones that medicine has reclaimed in a century, so I better find something to do with them.

As a matter of intentions, I am planning to have this as an environmental blog. I want to write down my thoughts on what the environment is and how we human relate to it. I began by studying International Development, and in my search of what development is I found a great flaw: developing is literally destroying life on this planet, and so it cannot be a good thing, despite what the great majority of the world's population think and say. THE WHOLE POINT IS: LET'S UNDERSTAND WHAT A BETTER LIFE FOR EVERYONE IS, AND DO IT, BUT LET'S DO IT RIGHT. LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT THE LAST GENERATION.

The environment is everything: plants, animals, water, air, science, law, customs, culture, history, religion, industry, genius, policy, people. It is hard to think of a planet in which our needs are met without compromising the needs of future generations when the way all social, economic and political systems are based on greed. Rather, they should be based on rights. All rights are relative. People have been fighting for rights forever. Sometimes they were achieved, and sometimes they were crushed. Whether this generation's capitalism is responsible for helping people to achieve more rights is debatable, but my belief is that we do not need to scrap capitalism altogether and go back to the Middle Ages. It all has to do with making our lives more happy-efficient. I believe I can live in happiness and dignity without using someone else's right to drink water or live under climatic conditions that have governed human life forever.