The last six months of volunteering in Spain and Belgium as a builder has given me a new confidence in my ability to create value, also when I charge an hourly rate and not only work for room and board (voluntary working).
We are now in the process of transforming Vivi’s personal company Viveco into a “limited” enterprise.
This will create a more flexible way of making business regardless of where in the EU we are located.
We have decided to full heartedly embrace the EU principle of free movement of people and services.
Join us as we see how far this road will take us. Please share your experience of migration and hopefully more people will try their wings in a new context
Environmental knowledge takes into account that we are a part of nature. People are a part of
the equation when it comes to managing the whole environment but there are also great
How the world works is quite chaotic, complex and changing and in the end we
know very little about it. This ambiguity limit’s the role of science in environmental decision
making (Robertson & Hull 2001).
Two articles (in Swedish) about the generosity of Bangladeshi people
The project shows that people are willing to separate waste at source if waste collection containers are strategically located and well indicated, but longer information campaigning and follow up is needed.
The garbage management in Poland Sweden and Lithuania is more concentrated on waste treatment than prevention. The EU waste hierarchy is not followed in any of the three countries and too much is put on landfills and incinerated meanwhile too little is recycled. Still, the countries are slowly making progress by following EU directives.
From studying the local investment programmes in Sweden I can make the assumption that real enthusiasts (eldsjälar) are very important when projects are to be initiated and implemented. In many cases it’s pointed out how single persons have had impact on the proceeding of a project.
There is a growing interest for the development of Industrial Symbiosis networks at local and regional levels. They are being promoted on the statement that more environmental improvements can be made if actions are pursued through synergies at the borders of each division than if pursued by individual units alone.
The application of environmental programmes in industrial parks is a quite new concept (Fundación Entorno) but there is a lot of investigation in operation concerning the environmental sustainability of current industrial systems (Mirata & Emtairah 2004).
The quantitative and qualitative aspects of resource use, pollutants and waste generation in industrial parks are looked upon as unsustainable.
There is therefore a great need to search for, identify and implement various transformations associated with the requirements of a more environmentally sustainable development (Mirata & Emtairah 2004; Mirata 2005).
I’d love our society to develop in the way where we use our stuff instead of storing them. So many storage rooms are full of things families store “just in case” they maybe would need it, or:
-“I don’t want to throw it away because it was a gift from someone 20 years ago.”
My children received a bike from a family who is related to us. I think they had inherited the bike from me in 1992. All their three children used the bike in the 1990s. But since 2004 the bike had been stored while waiting for a new inheritor. Ten years later the bike was given to my child.
What had happened to the bike?
It had gotten old. The plastic parts were dry. It broke.
I think it is a showing example.
We like to keep our belongings within the family. We tend to store them years after years without thinking of the fact that parts get old. Fashion change. Probably we keep stuff because we don’t know whom to give them to.
Of course, if we store the stuff long enough it becomes fashionable again as retro style.
The other day we were dicussing why people use bleech and all strong cleaning detergents, even if they know it’s not good for the environment.
I think it’s easy to think that ”I use so little, it doesn’t matter … And there are good ways to clean the waste water. Aren’t there?”
I sometimes need to clean myself, wash off all this super-eco-thinking-envinmental-friendly-shabby-chickness. Fully aware of the consequenses.
I claim there is a differences between doing bad things unaware of the consequences, and to do it with all the knowledge. But which is worse?
Maybe it’s the same as blaming all people who fly instead of going by train when they travel. Even if I know about the consequences of my behaviour, how on earth am I supposed to take responsibility of all this?
Does the world become cleaner if I find other solution than flying or using bleach?
I can’t change the world. I realize that. I will continue living my life only developing myself, the person I’m 100 % in charge of and responsible for.
I think you wouldn’t start a war or fight against a person you have a good relationship with. By making friends with new, different people, I believe we can make world peace.
Understand and appreciate the differences between us
Voluntary working can be a part of that process. The past summer our family was hosting volunteers from all around Europe and one from South America. Experiences that give me the chance to look at things from a new angle.