I’ve been waiting for a long time to be able to write this post. In August I took my first trip by cargo ship – from Gothenburg in Sweden to Zeebrugge in Belgium. If you’ve read this blog before you may remember that I’ve discussed cargo ship travel a little bit before when I was … More Cargo ship travel!
Rule 3 of the Norwegian environmental code is to “Fix Everything, Always.” I have been trying to fix as much as possible of my things where possible before considering replacing them. It isn’t stated, but also should really apply to preventative maintenance too. Some things will be fixed by the producer (particularly those products made … More The great spare parts drought
It is a pretty legitimate question in this day and age. The Earth is under unprecedented stresses from its human population. Earth Overshoot Day in 2017 was on August 2nd (the day each year we use up the annual output of renewable resources produced by the planet). Temperatures are on the rise (this visualisation by … More When will we reach peak stuff?
From turning off the lights at work to using mother nature as your fridge in winter, there are many many ways of saving electricity. For the good of your pocket and the environment. … More Energy saving opportunities everywhere
By the end of this year I will have taken 10 ‘long’ train trips. I have defined long trips to be those that are possible to fly with non-charter aircraft (often not so long). Unlike 2015, I didn’t take any other means of slow travel. The trips look like this: This is the equivalent … More My slow travel in 2016 (by train)
Flyfri ferie is a Norwegian expression I first saw written on the excellent Norwegian blog Grønne Jenter (Green Girls). It means airplane-free holiday but sounds nicer with the alliteration from Norwegian :). The equivalent expression could be staycation (combining with vacation) but I think ‘stay’ doesn’t have such positive connotations in the context of holidays. It sounds … More Flyfri ferie: Plane-free holiday
I haven’t written very much lately on this blog but I figure since I’ve reading blogs about aspirations is not that exciting in January, why not postpone it to March! Challenge No. 1: Red meat max twice a month A friend of mine from university challenged me to the ‘red meat challenge’ in January, together … More Status update on 2016’s two new challenges
I have recently been following some of the work of a colleague of mine, Kjartan, who is a recently graduated PhD working in my university’s Industrial Ecology department. He has an impressive number of publications behind him for someone who’s just finished his PhD and has been quite active in the media lately (both local … More Long distance ground transport – is it worth it?
I am back in Norway again. In the process of sorting out my life after the summer break. A good chunk of my summer was spent in Amsterdam for a summer course on urban cycling which was excellent. I also got to meet some family who I hadn’t seen in a long long time. Had … More Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet write ‘The Wetsuitman’
A peculiarity of Norwegian law means that holidays are earnt in the year prior to their use. Meaning I have a week’s paid holiday this year. Well well. So the summer break won’t be as long as I thought. That means I don’t necessarily have the time to sit on a cargo boat or train … More My summer get-to-England-without-a-plane plans are in ruins but…