Mission of an environmentalist To have food on the table, a house to live in, drinkable water. A car, twelwe pair of shoes, fourteen dresses.. In our part of the world, you can choice to have a consciousness of the consequences for other people, in our daily life and act thereafter in choices and arguments in how the world works. But is it possible to be an environmentalist without the basic needs? Where I live, we can reflect of the relationship between bad sanitation of sewage water in Mumbai to the setts we walk over here in Sweden. We can easy act if we buy organic to save groundwater from pesticides, or drive the car less to lower emissions. Things that are easy to plus one by one... But environmental issues are complex issues, often related to health issues and human situations in the south part of the world...
well, if you found yourself to this blog, you already know that and I should not talk too much about the problem but more about solutions.
Easly said, my concern about the future started when I was 14 and became interested to work for the organization NSMPD (The Nordic Society Against Painful Experiments On Animals, changed later name to Animal Righs Sweden). I wanted to know more about ecology and environmental complexity and started to educate, first in gymnasium with nature science and animal care, continued to university with a bachelor program in Ecology and later Human Ecology. I ended with a Master Degree with a major in Ecology 2008, with a thesis about ecological factors that determines the abundance of indoor spiders, searched for spiders and abiotic factors in cellars, underground storehouses and a fortress. Made correlations between humidity and species richness etc. That is really what ecology is about. Small relations, hard to measure with numbers. Humans and their actions are also hard to understand, especially collective actions.. To deal more with the complexity of environmental issues I continued to the one-year master's program Environmental Communication and Management, in SLU Uppsala. A program full with international students and room for a lot of discussions. So my educational line is still ongoing. Now writing my second master thesis about how to include citizens in decision-making.
A good friend said that I am so interested in the nature so I now study architecture and city planning. That is right on spot. On one side I study Entomology at the island Öland outside Sweden and Tropical Ecology with a trip to Borneo, and in the other hand I teach maths and writes about Ecocities. Here I list some other courses which might be interesting for the blog (some of these courses are distance courses for international students, I'm glad to help if you are interested);
·Microbial Ecology ·Ecology of Traditional Agriculture ·Methods in Global Studies ·Communication Strategies ·Sustainable Cities ·Communicative Skills and Facilitation ·Stakeholder Facilitation in Project- and Conflict Management·Governance of Natural Resources
What else can be found here? My deep concern is to understand the world for a better place to live in the future. Surely, I am very lucky to be able to spend so much time on thinking, and can only end up in the never ending question- "what is life then about?" People connects me mostly to my my pets, now only 10 tropical bird spiders. But what I want to communicate is about small relationships as nutrients in soil, to relationships that cover the whole planet and involve humans.. The wide span of my fascination of nature is related to how to talk and deal with people, to make people understand that nature is not just a pretty picture to look at- it is important for us and the future of us, our children and grandchildren. That is why I want to understand how people think about nature and environmental issues, and then we need to talk to humans and give them space to be important. Life is hard, and be environmental concern in every choice makes it even tougher and the world is very complex, with few black and white answers. And although it was rights and wrongs, people is what we have to deal with, peoples wills, their time and their actions, therefore, it is important to understand people and the human mind.
What I want to point out, is the need to build up communities where no one can be outside because we live on the planet together. Focus for this blog is on the human interaction, both from how we interpret our environment to how we talk to other people. Because environmental issues are not a chapter for itself. Environmental issues are our world.
So.. a little about my life and my world perspective. We have 6,7 billions more of them to deal with.