DEMAIN/DIE WELT IST VOLLER LOESUNGEN/TOMORROW/D/E/F


Ich habe das Buch “DIE WELT IST VOLLER LOESUNGEN» von Cyril Dion und Mélanie Laurent gelesen, weil sie in vielen Teilen der Welt mit Pionieren gesprochen haben, die auf dem Weg sind Lösungen zu finden, um die uns bevorstehende Naturkatastrophe noch abzuwenden und, die diesbezüglich schon viel realisiert haben. Es ist unglaublich zu sehen, mit welch einer Begeisterung und Energie sie sich engagieren, um unsere Lebensweise zu ändern, oder was sie bereits geändert haben, um die Menschheit aus dieser furchterregenden Situation zu bringen. Sie machen das alles ohne mit Geld bezahlt zu werden, oder irgendeine Verpflichtung haben!

In diesem Buch wird uns natürlich auch erklärt, wieviel uns das Computer-und Smartphoneleben von reellen menschlichen Kontakten und vor allem, von der STILLE genommen hat.

In Kopenhagen sprechen sie, zum Beispiel, mit dem Stadtarchitekten Jan Gel, dem Vater der «copenhaguesation» der Städte, d.h. dem Städter, dem Fussgänger oder Velofahrer seine Stadt zurückgeben. Im Jahr 2015 waren bereits 41% der Stadtbewohner täglich mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs und dies unabhängig davon, ob es regnet oder schneit! Während dieses Gesprächs sind die Interviewer und Jan Gel über eine Kanalbrücke weitergegangen und Letzterer hat erklärt, wie er und seine Helfer diese Zone gereinigt haben, um sie den Einheimischen zum Baden, Picknicken, Rudern oder Betreiben anderer Sportarten zu Verfügung zu stellen, oder damit sie dort vielleicht einfach in der Stadt ihr Leben geniessen können und ein Auto überflüssig wird, oder sie auf die Idee kommen es mit jemandem zu teilen.

Ein wunderschönes Segelschiff in der Bretagne/Martina Ramsauer

Sie sprechen über die Tatsache, dass Städte grösser und grösser werden und dass dies leider nicht zu ändern scheint, weshalb die Aufteilung derselben als die beste Lösung erscheint. In diesem Fall können Bewohner viel mehr in das Leben involviert werden und Verantwortung mittragen für das was vor Ort passiert. Ausserdem scheint es viel effizienter und gesünder zu sein, wenn man Elektrizität, Wasser, Heizung oder das soziale Leben mit anderen teilt. Übrigens die Iceländer produzieren seit einigen Jahren 100% erneuerbare Energie.

Elango Ransaswamy hat mich am meisten imponiert, weil er zur Kaste der Unantastbaren, die in Indien keine Rechte haben, gehört, Man kann es kaum glauben, dass es jemand aus dieser Gesellschaftsschicht schafft zu studieren und nachher auch noch die Energie und der Wille hatte, sich für seine nahe Gesellschaft einzusetzen, damit es diesen Menschen besser geht. Er hat es also geschafft, dass in seinem Stadtteil die Menschen akzeptierten zusammen an einem Strick zu ziehen, unabhängig von der jeweiligen Kaste!!

Eine der befragten Personen sagt ausserdem, dass es klar sei, dass Stadtbewohner sich viel wohler fühlten, wenn die Strassen nicht zu breit seien, denn dann könne man immer hoffen eine bekannte Person zu treffen und in einem der Strassencafées etwas zu trinken. Es scheint auch klar zu sein, dass sich hospitalisierte Menschen in einem Spital, das von Bäumen umgeben ist, schneller erholen, als jene, die an einer sehr befahrenen Strasse liegen. Ausserdem werden Menschen, die z.B. regelmässig Rad fahren weniger oft krank und sparen so sehr viel Geld!

Eine Frau hat eine Einladung für Getränke und Essen an die Türen ihrer Nachbarn geheftet mit der Erwähnung, dass sie ihnen bei dieser Gelegenheit ein Video zeigen wolle. Sie war total überrascht, dass so viele Gäste erschienen und von derer Begeisterung zusammen zu arbeiten, um die nähere Umgebung zu verändern.

Wenn man all diese auf privater Basis umgesetzten Veränderungen im Sinne einer Verbesserung unserer Lebensqualität betrachtet, scheint es, dass diese Projekte schneller und auf unkompliziertere Art umgesetzt wurden/werden, als die der Politik/Politiker!

In diesem Buch, das ich euch sehr empfehle, werden noch viele weitere Themen angesprochen.

Mich würde auch interessieren, welche Veränderungen im Sinne der Natur ihr bereits vorgenommen habt? Ich persönlich versuche mein bestes keine Produkte von weither zu kaufen und ausserdem bin ich oft mit dem Rad unterwegs.

In der Lybischen Wüste/Martina Ramsauer

I have read the book “ TOMORROW” by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, who had decided to interview pioneers on the road to avoid ecological disasters and their already achieved projects around the world. It’s amazing to read about their enthusiasm and their invested energy in order to change the way of our lives or about how they have been trying to bail humanity out of this highly scary situation, without getting paid in money or having any duty to do this.

 It shows us also how much of our concentration on our computers or smartphones have taken away from us real contacts with people and above all, the silence!

In Copenhagen they speak, for example, to the urban architect Jan Gel, father of the “copenhaguisation” of the cities, which means to give the cities back to the pedestrians or the cyclers. In 2015, 41% of their citizens used the bicycles on a daily basis and indifferent of the weather conditions! During this conversation they went on talking by crossing a canal bridge, which Jan’s helpers had cleaned up and put at disposal of the citizens so that they can take a bath, have picnics, row or practice other sports or just enjoy their lives within the city so that the car is not really necessary anymore or can be shared with others.

They also speak about the fact that cities become bigger and bigger, which doesn’t seem to be avoidable, but they should be subdivided so that people can find everything they need in their part of the city, culture or education included, or around the corner and therefore feel much more involved and responsible for what happens. Sharing electricity, water, heating or social life seems also to be much more efficient and healthier! By the way, Iceland produces 100% of its electricity with renewables and Vancouver belongs to the most ecological cities worldwide!

Elango Ransaswamy is the one, how impressed me most, because he belongs to the caste of the untouchables in India, which has no rights. It’s almost unimaginable that somebody of this part of society could study and consequently engage so much in improving peoples lives, indifferent of their caste, by involving everybody the in local power and succeed!

bycicles in Amsterdam/Martina Ramsauer

One of the interviewed persons also says that it had been confirmed that citizens feel much better in their cities when the streets are less broad, which makes them feel closer to everyone, maybe in a streetcafée! It also seems to be proved that for hospitalized people it takes much less time to recover in a place surrounded by nature and people, who ride their bicycles on a daily basis really save a lot of money, because in this way they fall less often sick!

A woman put an invitation for food and drinks on her neighbours doors with the wish that she wanted to show them a video. She was completely surprised by the many guests, who arrived and their enthusiasm to start changing their surrounding together step by step.

strolling in Copenhagen/Martina Ramsauer

If we sum up the many undertakings of the simple people, they often seem to be much more efficient in realizing little projects in favour of our and nature’s wellbeing than politicians! On the whole I think, however, that everybody’s help is need to improve our surroundings.

Many more topics are touched in this book, which I hope you will find worthwhile reading.

It would, of course, be great, if some readers of this post could give some advice of what they have already done in this sense! Myself, I try to use the bicycle as often as possible and not buy things from far away!

Promenade en direction Ascona/Martina Ramsauer

J‘ai lu le livre “LE MONDE EST PLEIN DE SOLUTIONS” de Cyril Dion et Mélanie Laurent parce qu’ils ont parlé dans de nombreuses régions du monde avec des pionniers en quête de solutions pour éviter la catastrophe naturelle qui nous guette et qui ont déjà réalisé beaucoup de choses à cet égard. C’est incroyable de voir avec quel enthousiasme et quelle énergie ils s’engagent pour changer notre mode de vie, ou ce qu’ils ont déjà changé pour sortir l’humanité de cette situation effrayante. Ils font tout cela sans être payés, ni avoir aucune obligation !

Dans ce livre, ils nous expliquent bien sûr aussi à quel point la vie sur ordinateur et smartphone nous a privés de contacts humains réels et, surtout, de SILENCE.

A Copenhague, ils s’entretiennent par exemple avec l’architecte urbain Jan Gel, le père de la “copenhaguesation” des villes, c’est-à-dire rendre sa ville au citadin, au piéton ou au cycliste. Déjà en 2015, le 41% des citadins se déplaçaient quotidiennement à vélo et ce, qu’il pleuve ou qu’il neige ! Pendant cette conversation, les interviewers et Jan Gel ont continué à traverser un pont-canal et ce dernier a expliqué comment lui et ses assistants ont nettoyé cette zone pour la mettre à la disposition des habitants afin qu’ils puissent s’y baigner, pique-niquer, faire de l’aviron ou pratiquer d’autres sports, ou peut-être simplement profiter de la vie en ville et rendre une voiture superflue ou avoir l’idée de la partager avec quelqu’un.

Ils parlent du fait que les villes deviennent de plus en plus grandes et que cela ne semble malheureusement pas changer, raison pour laquelle le partage de celles-ci semble être la meilleure solution. Dans ce cas, les habitants peuvent s’impliquer beaucoup plus dans la vie et partager la responsabilité de ce qui se passe sur place. De plus, il semble que le partage de l’électricité, de l’eau, du chauffage ou de la vie sociale soit beaucoup plus efficace et sain. D’ailleurs, les Islandais produisent depuis quelques années de l’énergie 100% renouvelable.

En Indonésie/Martina Ramsauer

Elango Ransaswamy m’a le plus impressionné parce qu’il fait partie de la caste des intouchables, qui n’ont aucun droit en Inde, on a du mal à croire que quelqu’un de cette classe sociale ait réussi à faire des études et qu’il ait eu ensuite l’énergie et la volonté de s’engager pour sa société proche, pour que ces gens aillent mieux. Il a donc réussi à faire en sorte que dans son quartier, les gens acceptent de tirer à la même corde, indépendamment de leur caste !

Une des personnes interrogées dit en outre qu’il est clair que les citadins se sentent beaucoup mieux lorsque les rues ne sont pas trop larges, car on peut alors toujours espérer rencontrer une personne connue et prendre un verre dans un café de rue. Il semble également évident que les personnes hospitalisées dans un hôpital entouré d’arbres se rétablissent plus rapidement que celles qui se trouvent au bord d’une route très fréquentée. En outre, les personnes qui font régulièrement du vélo, par exemple, tombent souvent moins malades et économisent beaucoup d’argent !

Une femme a collé une invitation à boire et à manger sur la porte de ses voisins en leur disant qu’elle voulait leur montrer une vidéo à cette occasion. Elle a été totalement surprise par le nombre d’invités et par leur enthousiasme à travailler ensemble pour changer l’environnement proche.

Si l’on considère tous ces changements mis en œuvre sur une base privée dans le but d’améliorer notre qualité de vie, il semble que ces projets ont été/seront mis en œuvre plus rapidement et de manière plus simple que ceux des politiciens/politiques !

De nombreux autres thèmes sont abordés dans ce livre que je vous recommande vivement.

Je serais également intéressée par les changements que vous avez déjà effectués dans le sens de faire quelque chose en faveur de la nature ? Personnellement, je fais de mon mieux pour ne pas acheter de produits venant de loin et je fais mes courses en vélo !

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  1. Hearing what efforts people are making around the world – as you mentioned – is much more meaningful than many political efforts!
    We have had a new eco-efficient log burner installed and so we will over the next couple of years, as we make more changes to the house, aim to reduce our gas use further. I try not to use my car too much and use public transport. And of course try to reduce the amount of plastic that’s coming into the house, which I find the most challenging, but we do recycle. I think I’m much more mindful, generally, of what’s brought into the house and what leaves it – although I acknowledge we have a long way to go!
    I would love it if our towns could emulate Copenhagen more (Incidentally, one of my favourite cities), but that seems a very long way off in the UK.
    It’s great to highlight this in the run up to Christmas and, in fact, a friend, who has a blog, posts about how we can be more eco-mindful at this time of year with gifting and other manageable changes that could be made.

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    • I very much enjoyed your words, Sarah, and propososals as to what each of us can do in order to improve or change our daily behaviours and in this way do something against the change of our climate and I would like to thank you very much:) Let’s hope that the UK will also succeed in changing its strategy!
      I have recently bought a new bathing suit, not made in China, but in Zurich!!
      I would, of course, love to return to Copenhagen, but we’decided not to use the airplane anymore.
      Let’s hope that the ideas put up here and their realisation will give us a good pre-Christmas time:)

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      • Thank you Martina. Even if small things I imagine it must all help! And, yes, it would be good if more could be done in the UK by way of transport links and affordability as much as anything else. Often it’s much cheaper to drive than to use public transport – which is not very much of an incentive at all. Your decision not to fly is very commendable and it is something I would like to work towards – at the moment that choice has been taken away and I can’t say I miss being able to hop on an aeroplane!

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      • I have always hoped, Sarah, that the costs for public transport would become free for everybody, which means included in the taxes we pay! This wouldn’t probably be correct towards the people, who have a car! It seems, however, that a regional annual ticket in Ticino, costs about Swiss Francs 1’000.—and for the whole country Swiss Francs 4’ooo.–Due to this fact we came to the conclusion that the car (insurances and fuel and other fix costs= ca.sfr0.70 x kilometre), which is much more!
        It’s quite a while since we have last taken a plane, but we haven’t so far had the courage to sell the car!

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      • Cars do offer that little bit of independence don’t they. I don’t use mine so very much, but I like to know it’s there!
        I think your plan for free public transport sounds excellent by the way! It sounds very forward thinking in Switzerland around this issue in any case.

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  2. Guten Abend, liebe Martina,
    ja, was machen wir? Ehrlich gesagt viel zu wenig.
    Okay, wir fahren weniger mit dem Auto und verreisen nur seltenst und dann nicht mit Flugzeug oder Schiff. Auch wir kaufen lokal. Außerdem recyclen wir alte Bücher, worüber wir bloggten. Wir überlegen auch unseren Volvo gegen die gleiche Type als e-Auto auszutauschen. Aber wohl das effektivste ist, dass wir uns wenig von Haus und Grundstück wegbewegen. Wir glauben sowieso, dass die Zeiten des Reisens vorbei sind. Wofür muss man denn weg, wenn die meisten doch alle Annehmlichkeiten zu Hause haben? Da wir sozusagen zum Jet-Set gehörten, finden wir Reisen eh völlig unattraktiv und genießen den Luxus zu Hause zu bleiben.
    Alles Liebe dir
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Ich freue mich sehr über deine Überlegungen und Strategien, lieber Klausbernd. Wir verhalten uns ähnlich und bin daher auch erstaunt zu sehen, wieviele Menschen wieder mit dem Flugzeug unterwegs sind. Auch wir sind der Ansicht, dass es nicht so sehr darauf ankommt, ob man einen Benziner oder ein Elektroauto hat, sondern, dass man es so wenig, wie möglich benutzt!
      Also, arbeiten wir weiter im Garten und häckseln Aeste und Blätter und geniessen unser Heim auch ohne Kaminfeuer:)
      Cari saluti
      Martina

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    • Natürlich ist es einfach, liebe Erika, über vorbildliche Ideen zu lesen, aber dann wirklich etwas zu ändern ist einfach viel schwieriger! Aber es ist wahr diese von Menschen bereits gemachten Erfahrungen sind beflügelnd:)
      Hab ganz vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar und liebe Grüsse

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      • Absolut beflügelnd und motivierend. Obwohl Corona die Menschen auf Distanz gehalten hat, haben wir viel mehr Möglichkeiten entdeckt einander näher zu kommen. Ist schon interessant. Man redet eher mal so über die Strasse, wo man sonst nicht einmal den Kopf gehoben hätte.
        Vielen Dank für diese schönen Inspirationen, Martina!

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      • Weisst du, ich denke, dass wir uns in Zukunft wieder mehr auf unser kleines Leben zu Hause und der Menschen in unserer Umgebung konzentrieren wird und, dass das grosse Herumschweifen in der Welt seine Faszination verloren hat!
        Liebe Erika,ich wünsche dir viele positive Erfahrungen in diesem Sinn:)

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      • Ich denke auf jeden Fall, dass die nähere Umgebung wieder mehr ins Zentrum geraten wird. Aber ich habe an mir auch gemerkt, dass ich die Chance nicht verpassen möchte, noch vieles von dieser Welt zu sehen. Auch das hat mir die momentane Situation sehr verdeutlicht.
        Vielen Dank und das wünsche ich dir auch, liebe Martina!

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  3. Credo che ormai siamo al punto di non ritorno. In circa un secolo abbiamo inquinato più di quanto sia stato fatto in 15.000 anni.
    Siamo anche in troppi e comincio a pensare che la pandemia da sarscov2 sia uno dei mezzi di difesa usati dal Pianeta, non è il primo e penso non sarà l’ultimo.
    Carbone, petrolio, rinnovabili … dentro questa macchina fuori controllo chiamata capitalismo che penso non innesterà mai la retromarcia.
    Faccio volentieri la raccolta differenziata, cosciente che la plastica se non altrimenti riutilizzata servirà per produrre il gas necessario per far funzionare gli impianti siderurgici, che la frazione di umido in parte diverrà concime e in massima parte biogas. Ma tutto questo temo non sia sufficiente.
    Oggi ho percorso quasi 10 km su e giù per i monti intorno al lago d’Iseo e ti assicuro che non vorrei vedere migliaia di persone a spasso per i monti, arrecherebbero solo danno, per fortuna quelli che accettano la fatica del cammino son pochi..

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    • Ti ringrazio tanto, Paolo, per le tue previsioni realistiche e interessanti concernente il mondo futuro!
      Quello che dici sulla situazione nell’ambiente di montagna capisco profondamente, perchè qui in Ticino vediamo già adesso un affollamento di gente in certi posti, che a noi, che non guadagniamo soldi con loro, non piaciono molto! Vediamo, se il capitalismo esaggerato, iniziato con l’evoluzione industriale può continuare come adesso !
      In merito alla plastica ho anche letto di una signora keniana che produce mattoni con questo materiale non ricliccabile!
      Una cosa mi sembra chiaro che il pianta si salverà e vedremo, se noi ne faremo ancora parte dello stesso.
      Io ti auguro, in ogni caso, tante belle ore nel tuo ambiente pacifico 🙂

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  4. Hello
    What happened?
    Until a few minutes ago you were my follower and now you are not anymore.
    This thing makes me very sorry because I am your follower and I follow you with pleasure.
    Did you accidentally click the follow button 2 times?
    Let me know, please
    Bye
    Natalia

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    • Cara Natalia, ti ringrazio delle tue parole! La situazione dei miei occhi non mi permette più di stare così tanto al computer e visto che avevo l’impressione che il nostro rapporto reciproco non funzionasse così tanto bene ho cancellato il “follow botton” un po’ di giorni fa. Sono però d’accordo di rimetterlo, se per te va bene che io visiti la tua casa una volto ogni tanto.
      Cari saluti
      Martina

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  5. What a thought provoking read and book, Martina.

    It is incredible to see how slowing things down, by turning away from cars and driving unnecessarily to far places, can bring a community closer together, as well as benefit the environment. It is inspiring.

    I know that in Romania more and more people use a bicycle nowadays, and more bicycle tracks are created. Here in South Africa this is a problem, with the great distances and safety.

    You have gorgeous images for this blog post, especially “In der Lybischen Wüste” – I could just stare at it and hear the silence….

    Thank you for inspiring me 🙂

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    • I really enjoy your words, Patricia, because the contrary seems to happen here, in the sense that more and more cars are on the streets! This is probaly also due to the nice weather we have here in the south of Switzerland. I wonder how long it takes unless the authorities distribute to each citizen a certain amount of points to use maybe in a year!!
      You are absolutely right that moving around less brings the society closer together, which may have positive and negative consequences. Maybe we should just travel by reading books.
      Yes, the silence “In der Lybischen Wüste” was absolutely unforgettable, but we also enjoyed it in the Parks in South Africa, when we were sitting in the dark an watching and listening to the passing of the elefants.:):)
      I am also pleased to read what you say concerning the usage of bicyles in Romania. This is also truee for Switzerland, but a lot has to be done in the heating sector! I have just heard from Roberta about the amazing “gyser solar” in South Africa:)
      Very many thanks for your contributation

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  6. Hi Martina, thank you for sharing about this book. In South Africa, as Patricia mentioned above, the distances are very long between places but we always use only one car for everyone including my mom, to reduce our carbon footprint. We live in a sunny country so we have four solar geysers. My parents have a house on the same property as my family. We also have an office on the property hence the need for four geysers. We try to reduce our electricity consumption where possible and to recycle.

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    • I am really impressed by what you are telling me, Roberta, and I have to admit that I have never heard about your solar gysers! In the meantime I have found out that there is the following difference between solar panels:
      “A solar water heater uses sunlight just like solar panels but turns it into heat”
      Here people are slowly turning towards these panels and heat pumps. We are surrounded by a lot of people, who go on using their open fires on a daily basis and without any filters!!! There are no restrictions, so far!
      It seems that we in this part of the world have a lot change and fast.
      Many thanks for your input and have a good day:)

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  7. Cari Martina.
    Wie ich sehe hast du da ein großes Feld zu beackern freigegeben, Ich habe schon einige Jahre am Buckel und habe in dieser Zeit den Menschen zugehört und festgestellt, meine Logik ist immer nur die der Minderheit. Das, wie die meisten Menschen denken ist meist geprägt durch ihre Lebensumstände und ein Desinteresse sich eine Meinung durch Wissen anzueignen. Wenn ich jetzt an die Verabschiedung von der Kanzlerin Merkel denke, so denke ich an ihr Versagen und die der wichtigsten europäische Politiker die keine Weichen für eine mögliche Zukunft nach wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen ermöglicht haben. Sie und Ihresgleichen habe doch alles auf die Autoindustrie und den Individualverkehr gesetzt. Ich male mir aus, was die Autobauer alles für Nachhaltige Sachen bauen hätten können. Allein ein fehlendes einheitliches Energiekonzept, ein fehlendes europäisches Eisenbahnnetz samt Fuhrpark und Infrastruktur. China wird es uns vormachen wie es geht. Meinen jugendlichen Optimismus habe ich bereits auf ewige Reise in das Universum geschickt. Ciao. Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Jahreswechsel. Ernestus.

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    • Deine Stellungnahme freut mich sehr, lieber Ernestus:) Ich finde auch, dass es mit sehr viel Arbeit verbunden ist, sich wirkliches Wissen anzueignen! Ich glaube jedoch, dass es aber wirklich schlimm ist, dass diese Wissenden Menschen, die sich oft vom vielen Geld verführen lassen oder haben lassen! Geld scheint mir der neue Gott unserer Zeit geworden zu sein! Diese Menschen haben schon lange gewusst, was sie da tun, aber es ist/war ihnen gleich, denn sonst hätten sie schon längst in Richtung nachhaltigerer Herstellung ihrer Produkte gehen müssen!
      Heute habe ich am Fernehen gehört, dass die Textilindustrie, die im grossen Stil in der Türkei ihre Firmen hat, all ihre Gifte ins Marmarmeer fliessen lässt! Also sag mir nicht, dass diese Leute das nicht gemerkt haben!! Natürlich fehlt es auch an der Politik so etwas zu verhindern oder zu stoppen. Erdogan soll das nun gemacht haben. Natürlich hat es Vorteile, dass in einer Diktatur Projekte schneller realisiert werden, aber ich möchte nicht in einem solchen Land leben!
      Ich glaube auch, dass jeder bei sich anfangen sollte mit dieser ganzen Verschwenung aufzuhören, aber natürlich, wer weiss denn schon, was Verschwendung ist?
      Auch dir eine gute Festzeit und ein gutes 2022. Hoffentlich kannst du sie wieder in Oesterreich verbringen:)
      Cari saluti
      Martina

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  8. Perhaps the camels are so mesmerizing the way they follow one another… like Christmas decoration in a tree made of sand 🙂

    Martina, I have enjoyed tremendously your blog posts. You take us in inspired journeys and it is with great interest and excitement that I read your blog posts 🙂

    May this Season be full of light and laughter for you and your family!
    Blessings for a joyful and calm 2022.

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    • That’s a wonderful imagination, Patricia, a tree made of sand with Christmas decoration and then celebrate this feast together with you in the Lybian desert!:)
      I am very touched by your very kind words, which give me courage and thank you very much for them!
      I keep my fingers crossed for you, too, that laughter will accompany us also in 2022.

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  9. We should all strive to change our World for the better, in the past, there was no idea of the consequences, of growing without a plan, people got draw to the big cities, because that was where jobs could be find, and in the process of growing they become a nightmare.

    Since a child I was lucky to travel to many great lovely small towns, and always enjoyed them.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year Martina.😊

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    • I always very much appreciate your opinion, Mr. Brogido, which has much truth in it also here!:)
      I have just read another book about how the farmers here in Ticino left their region and country because of the hard lives and hunger. At the same time, however, they too became greedy and sold more and more of their grounds to the rich Swis Germans/Germans and in consequence often had to do what those wanted!!
      I see that you have settled quite well in your new house and I wish you therefore some quiet and happy Christmas days as well as a good 2022:)

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  10. The Twenty Century has been a Century of dramatic change, for the World, to the point we see the past with nostalgia, fortunately in Mexico we have many small towns off the tracks, where life resembles more the Nineteen Century than anything else, ironically the people who live there, are the people who want to go and experience life in the big cities, for economic opportunities, and the rich people of the cities go and buy property on these small towns to live a quiet life for retirement!
    I guess there is irony on that…

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  11. I can see many similarities between Mexico and Switzerland! The properties have in the meantime become so expensive that young people, who want to remain here ,can not afford a simple house anymore, because of those from the cities! This development has, however, already started some 50 years ago in Ticino! Maybe this is even a tragic irony!!

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  12. I guess, just remember Martina, the character in Chinese for Chaos it’s also opportunity, look at Demis out of Zurich and now living from all places, San Cristobal de las Casas, an old very traditional small town in Mexico, that has become fashionable for tourist around the World to go, and some buy property there and live there in retirement..
    And now Demis visiting his mother in Zurich for the Winter Holidays!

    Demis in San Cristobal

    The World now, it’s a small place..!

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  13. Hello Martina, it sounds like a good book “Tomorrow”. I had heard about the film but haven’t seen it. I’ve always been concerned about the environment and our ecological footprint and humanity and the world have many issues facing them. However, in recent years I have also discovered that many of information we receive about the ecological problems are not based on facts/truth (or even science). Moreover, some environmental issues are used for political purposes.

    Did you see the documentary “Planet of the Humans” by Michael Moore? It was very informative and exposed some of the disinformation, but many environementalists disproved of the film and didn’t like it. For me personally any causes that I support must be based on true information, because otherwise one can participate in even more destruction without knowing it. Also, we see that always people are looking for global solutions becuase for some reason people think globally all the time (perhaps because of the internet), but ecological, economic and population problems can only really be reduced locally in each place, because each place is different. For example we often here that the planet is overpopulated, but there are many countries that are under-populated. I can mention many such examples, for exampl some nations consume more than others, emit more, etc, etc. My point is that everybody is not equally responsible, which is why ‘global’ solutions hardly ever work – people just talk and talk (and make moved about it, etc) but it’s locally where the changes can and do happen. BTW on the subject of CO2, it seems what we are told about it is not exactly true … (I will send you a link to an explanation about that).

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    • I thank you very much Jean-Jacques for your interesting and detailed answers and proposals, at the same time, to how changes should be achieved and to the dangers of maniulation!
      I like the Michael Moore films, such as Sicko or Bowling for Columbine, but I have never seen “Planet of the Humans” and his critisism concerning political interests as far as ecological problems are concerned! I am convinced that this happens and not only as far as nature is concerned. We have to be watchful, whatever topic! I have googled for the film and will watch it this evening!!:)
      I absolutely agree, when you say that proplems should be resolved regionaly. Not every country suffers from a shortage of water! It is also very well known, which countries should, more than others, finally stop to squander or destroy our natural resources, which belong to the humanity and not to capitalistic interests. The writers of “TOMORROW” propose to change politicians much more frewuently and choose them among the normal citizens!
      I thank you in advance for the link you promised concerning CO2.

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    • I have watched part of the film in the meantime and because I was somewhat shoked by it, I tried to find some opinion by the climate scientists from the ETH Zurich. According to him solar systems can reach an age of 30-50 years. The construction of a solar system consumes about 4% and a wind system 2%. It’s, of course, horrible if they build all these renewable systems to just let the degenerate, or get rid of after some years!
      As far as overpopulation is concerned it seems that the very rich people consume of about 50% of CO2!
      As I am not a specialist on these questions, I can just try to be careful of what is really going on! The film was interesting and I thank you for having given me the link.:)

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      • Hello Martina, you are very welcome – I’m glad you found it interesting. Yes, I was shocked about some of it too, but it opened my eyes to the weak points of renewable energies. I have seen other sources that aso say that solar panels and wind turbines typically do not last much longer than 15 to 20 years at the most (sometimes only 10 – 12). The biggest issue I think is that renewables cannot replace fossil fuels in terms of the energy output, so basically only nuclear power has some possibility to be a substitute, but basically nobody really wants nuclear for obvious reasons, but probably eventually some countries would revert to it anyway. I’m not an expert either, but have participated in some forums where some people discuss the technicalities. Films like this one helps a lot ot inform us, but ironically when it came out a lot of people didn’t like it because it was’controversial’ (prehaps it was difficult to accept that it could all be true). Anyway, I wish a lover day! 🙂

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      • I think, Jean-Jacques, that most of all we have to remain vigilant and hopefully learn more and more about these new technology in order to really become able to improve systems or eliminate those contraindicated.
        Have a good day too:) and I hope that the devastating fire in Capetown has been extinguished in the meantime.

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  14. Martina, I agree with you that it’s difficult to know the truth sometimes, because there’s a lot of conflicting information. Nevertheless I think the only way we are able to be responsible and do the right think is to consider all the facts – here for example is an expert opinion on the subject of emissions and it’s completely different from the general knowledge that we are presented with – this man was one of the founders of GreenPeace:

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  15. As for my personal contributions to reducing my impact, I have never owned a car in my life … (but I have flown quite a lot, but not every year). I walk as much as I can and recycle from time to time. All in all it’s difficult to do more, because we cannot live outside of cities and towns without cars (for example on a farm, so even farmers used mechanized equipment that have emissions). Hopefully we will be able to work out better solutions in the years to come!

    Hereby I wish you a very happy 2022, Martina!! 🙂

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    • We also buy fewer cloths, wash it even less! I heard on the radio that one only start smelling badly after 6 days of not having had a shower!!!
      We very often go on foot, but still have a car.
      Thank you very much, Jean Jacques, for this interesting conversation and I wish you, above all, good health in 2022:)

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  16. I live in a sparsely populated area, everything is spread out, so of course no public transport and unless you live close to your job, bike riding is not possible. I really miss that about Europe. Yes it’s ecological, but, as you mentioned, it also saves so much money. My biggest expense is my car. Even more than my cabin. I hope to work remotely one day.
    I’ve followed your blog via email now. 🙂 Warmest wishes to you, dear Martina.

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    • Your situation ,Julie, shows me that the climate change has probably to be solved regionaly. In places, where they have a lot of forests, they should probably learn to consume less fuel or especially “renewable energy,” made of trees, such as in Vermont and other states in the USA! This I have just seen in the film Planet of Humans” by Michael Moore.
      To change from car to public transport is not so easy either, because one loses freedom! I think we (my husband and me)contribute our best by producing as much vegetable as possible without using any poison and do not buy superfluous things we do not really need!
      I also subscribed to your new account on substack.com
      See you soon and wish you all the best in the meantime, dear Julie:)

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