Finding the eco-balance in Oslo

When visiting Oslo, the city was kind enough to show us beautiful weather and the best parts of winter, sunshine and proper snow. Not all the time, but most of the time. Despite having been to Oslo several times before, I’ve never visited the Vigelandsparken before, seen the fancy, Western side of town, spent time in…

Ecological intelligence

A friend was reading Ecological Intelligence on the beach on Saturday. A beautiful day, full of sunshine, fun, laughter and happy thoughts. I even took my family canoeing in the nearby river. The dog loved it. On the beach, my friend and I had a quick talk about the book in the midst of eating…

Midsummer madness

It’s Midsummer again. The longest day of the year, full of light and no night at all. The nightless night, as they say. Most of Finland escapes to summer houses and cottages and drinks too much. So far five people have died while celebrating Midsummer. I also escaped to the summer house. But instead of…

Brimful of ash, not a problem

This week has been very cloudy and autumn-like. Windy and rainy. I know the blue sky exists, but I haven’t seen it. I wonder if it’s the second Icelandic ash cloud or just our climate? I wasn’t in Helsinki last year when the first Icelandic ash cloud caused a lot of hoolabaloo. This time the…

In the land of no

It’s getting warmer in the North. Summer is almost here, and people enjoy the warm weather downtown Helsinki. There are nice parks in Helsinki. “Please don’t walk on the grass” As it’s getting warmer, it’s very nice to start moving around with a bike. You feel the wind on your face, keep pedaling and end…

Laundry day, no greenwashing please

I read an article about the attitudes of young people in Finland towards responsible consumerism. The article was published in Maailma.net, which is the Finnish chapter of the OneWorld-network, an international movement that works to end poverty and environmental destruction through intelligent use of technology The future looks surprisingly bright. The research, conducted by 15/30 Research, says…