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20120819

Site is awarded again!

Guide To Environmental Science Degree Programs recently published a list of Top100 Sites for Going Green. And guess what? This blog actually made it to the highscore Top20 with #11  ! 11 has to be my lucky number ,I guess. Their criterions were "peer recommendations, web presence, and content quality". Have to say many thanks! Here is their full list of greensites: 


Top Green Living Site

I`d also recommend reading their blog-post with historical research: "http://www.environmentalsciencedegree.com/what-we-know-about-climate-change-1950-to-now/"

20120512

Eco in World: One Day On Earth Events



This Earth Day, 2012, I hosted an event together with Norwegian Greens and Cafe Saba in Eastside Oslo for One Day On Earth. Naturally as I participated in Global Action Day 10.10.10, blog post: http://ecoiselin.blogspot.com/2010/10/eco-in-germany-101010-global-work-party.html and also in 11.11.11-film, I felt it was natural for me to help them out with an arrangement in Oslo. In the video above you can watch and listen to one of the guests speaking for all of us! It is an important message that benefits all. Sponsors in this event also included WWF-Norway, Food Story, Transition Sagene and Friends Fair Trade.

20120219

Eco in World: One Day On Earth - Global Song Collaboration

My contribution to www.onedayonearth.org (One Day On Earth), the 2011-film.

Enjoy the natural habitat melting into an urban landscape, where nature encounter our civilization once again. Music is composed and recorded by me, and video is captured and edited by me with a simple cam. Watch it on my Music Youtube:

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20120128

Eco in Norway: The annual Zero Emission Conference 2011

Lord Anthony Giddens and me / Iselin Rolvsjord Fergestad (photo)
Speakers:
Einar Haandlykken, Executive Director of ZERO
Heidi Sorensen, State Secretary from The Ministry of the Environment
Erna Solberg, leader of the Conservative Party of Norway.
Anthony Giddens, sociologist member of Green Growth Council
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action
Arnold Schwarzenegger, former businessman, investor and politician
Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College
Martha Delgado Peralta, Head of the Mexico City Ministry of Environment
Ole Enger, President & CEO in REC Group
Representatives from the ”Powerhouse-alliance”
Johan Rockstrom, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre

Video: WATCH!



Months have passed, and finally time for delivery again . :) Lots of work has occupied my life in all areas,this blog was a transition from travel to discovery, from meetings to life inventions and insight, and finally from past into presence. In a global, digital age, we need to keep up with the crowds, but not forget ourselves. To bring one`s imagination for real is not very far from computer generated reality of "other self exploration", either, as reality when it appears in nature is completely and fundamentally dependent on balancing energies. Human nature is to create human impact, in positive and negative sence. So the impact must be carefully designed in cooperation with natural flow of life assurements. In no other membership than our "Earth Company" where the executive is not the script writer, but the "structured improvisor".

Zero Conference:
I will give you excerpts from some of their best quotes. The conference http://www.zero11.no/ started out with its executive, Einar Haanlykken from the Zero Organization, and I will further promote his point with the growing abilities of China. As you might guess, Zero Conference is all-business.Or, maybe not. At least, this is macro economy ground zero.

Very similar to the german Econsense (my blog offer: http://ecoiselin.blogspot.com/2010/11/eco-in-germany-econsense-forum-berlin.html ).

Einar mentioned, that China was not the front runners of the industrial revolution. They were not ahead of the technology and media revolution, either. But, they apparently want to be the front runners of the renewables and sustainability revolution! So here they stand first in line, so that they are no longer the country "to be told what to do and where to move". Like Arnold Schwartznegger said at this conference; When we in the western countries have been driving cars for so long, we cannot suddenly tell the chinese to keep biking as usual, when we suddenly found out hundred years later that biking was a very good thing to do.:)

In Norway, we keep waiting for our target group and competitors to grow, before altering into anything like "front running". But with these huge world dominance-competitors and (previously) cold war-enemies like China and the US and Russia (and India), they have another attitude against innovation. We must not forget they are different in strategy than the power we struggle with around in Scandinavian countries.

From his speech to my point: It is important to remember that ethnographic study of innovation and industrial development in Norway, describes domestic innovation as mainly "need driven" . Which means that there are no innovation risks even though innovations exist in big volume (in opposite to Sweden)! As "we argue that innovation activity, by definition, will challenge and sometimes alter established boundaries" (quoted from this very important information of energy innovation and organizational establishment etc.: http://organizinginnovation.wordpress.com/ ).

When something is "need driven", we`d of course not pay attention to the strong rise of solar industry in the rest of Europe, increasing 42 percent in 2010 in Germany alone, with Italy straight behind at 21 percent.  It is soon becoming a competitive source of energy approaching grid parity with nuclear, and we don`t even know it!

In only 3 years, Europe has created 300 000 new jobs in the field of renewables (source: Hedegaard)! Apart from European rise, China wants to be the innovators, so their wind capacity is already on shore as the biggest consumer on earth of wind energy. By becoming a competitive part, China is now no longer a follower of the jet stream, the car industry or the industrial revolution, they are becomming leaders of some kind. And they are dangerously ahead of us, without us even knowing it. That is the price we`ll have to pay , by leaning on some "need driven" activity..

There are much things good, though, about the Norwegian patience. Our hope, is to become the "smartest solution"-maker and marketers. Norway has always been waiting. Always in great observation of others, maybe not carefully, but the observing role has been our brightest function also, with such a great student organization. But what is the fun of experts if experts are singular functional?

In our orgs, specialized people with just the brightest ideas and history, remain inside their functional stabs maybe because of their social acceptance fright, and all the gold keep mourning inside with no matrixed crossfading solutions communicated in the public atmosphere to a man-next-door. But I am sure, that we have some golden opportunities here: In 2010, global green revenues increased by 7%,which is more than the Swiss GDP and a world record 400 billion EUR! (Source: Hedegaard)

We just have to look a little above our shoulders for a second, because the EU has a 20 percent renewables target combating the 15 percent emissions in Europe of global emissions, but increased as more industries in Europe are in other countries, so that we are also much more contributing. But the target is set. We have to keep following its tale.

To put Europe into a bigger perspective, our world is also contributing naturally in processing emissions. As climate expert Anthony Giddens described, our earth is processing emssions every decade in its atmosphere, though this decade it has increased more than its 600 000 years of processing! Which means, the industrial development and human impact is no question. The natural contribution is always there, as explained, but the human impact is new to earth.

This is why we are cutting! And why some countries, unlike others, are more "frontiers" of such. Agriculture stands for 30 percent of the global consumer emissions, and most of the earth`s agriculture is based in "undeveloped countries". What is no question either, is that most of our industrial development has its production based in just these countries. We are not outside the "undeveloped world" either, in other hand. So what we must do, as contributors, is to renew all the agricultural functions that we consume today! By doing this, we will cut the 30 percent, and we are down to 70 percent global emssions instead of 90!

How to develope our agriculture? Take a look at the Barefoot College as example: http://www.barefootcollege.org/ . Why is local contribution and knowledge important? Because, without the local knowledge, such as tribal togetherness, the agricultural spirit will never be delivered from grand-dads to grand-sons, and which is the rutine of the "undeveloped country"-style. So local feed, is needed. Sanitation, clean water, pure local electricity, and fair trade, is necessary. Creativity is not in our hands, but theirs. They already have it, as human beings. Give them the basic standards of life cycling sources, and they`ll soon be your employees! Why should we always think that by holding someone back in line, we come first? By bringing someone down, you hold yourself up?

Reality says: By constructing sustainable agriculture and functionality in developing countries, we give not only them the shed to self-help and sustainability, we also cut our own emissions so drastically, that we could perhaps fly another mile without feeling guilty by doing so. Because this strategy is very similar to Denmark`s shipping sector; pay its oil by offshore windmills giving the same amount ot energy back to the oil company (it is called carbon neutral strategy..), or when I visited the ecovillages last year - almost everyone seemed to agree to have a car in their household - because why not get the goods when you do so much good elsewhere? Like cleaning your waste water from the garage. It is smart - simply that !

20110329

Eco in Norway: Earth Hour with a simple click

Earth Hour, the 26th of March , 20.30 pm to 21.30 pm.
Earth Hour is probably the easiest communication about the climate for everyday people to remember, and that is why it became a world wide hit. "Turn off the light for one hour", and do not forget there are more things that give energy and that the earth needs attention just as much. Because this is a lot more than an energy saving campaign, because actually that is not the main case at all (and misunderstood/ not communicated). This is a global message put simple. The most simple action one can do, and one can remember. To attract people to its cause. To save energy is just one part of the solution, but not at all the part that contributes to an alternative. Like creativity. No one tells you what to do, but what to not do. Turning off the light is the symbolistic meaning - and this, is probably a lot deeper than just the simple outward message that they deliver.

Inside this message, there is probably a full potential of waking up some brain cells to understand ourselves and our nature of lazyness! We`ve become lazy , also because of the easy transport of energy that is in the technology age. What to do when nobody helps you with electricity-supply? oh gosh, we`re stuck! :) No, we`re not at all stuck. Think of just how much energy is needed since Japan needed to implement even dangerously constructed nuclear plants? What is our global need of electricity, or energy, if we need to build these giant nuclear plants which seem to get us into more trouble in the end? That is why I am reading the sign "60" as something alot deeper and global. Something that can not be aborbed just by seeing the 60-min label. So it was called "beyond the hour" this year. Because it is too easy, to just turn off the light and forget where you are. Yes, it is dark , but you live on a living planet. Full of energy. Full of creativity. And most of it still untouched. Their website had an application where people could subscribe and tell what you spent the hour doing, and suddenly one could see that there is a global conscious mind after all.

In Norway, the event attracted just the same amount, and slightly a bit more, of activity as last year`s Earth Hour! That is very good considering a football-match between Denmark and Norway on TV and stadium, and all the TV news going on lately. TV is not prohibted, though. And very useful also for climate campaigns. Why do we need climate campaigns? Yes, we need them, and maybe even more of them, so that people get reminded quite often, of the fact that their actions speak and count. When all the green news hit the media, too, it is very good to pimp the ride with some campaigns like these on the road.


I came to participate in this event through WWF-Norway, which is a global organization with local contributors. Working together with another organization in Norway, called Gronn Hverdag this time, showed and proved that co-operation in the green field is essential for attracting people at the same goal, and also that the actions are common by all after all. No one is a king or a queen in the name of the big Green.

It was good for me to join some active ones in Norway finally, after meeting so many danes and swedish and german with solutions that we`ve just seen a rough outline of in Norway so far. But I`ve learned that things are happening in my country step by step and I am proud of it (the country) more than anyone could imagine after all I`ve been saying, just because what I see in Norway that lies in the future is a lot of the same beauty that only the chinese seem to discover here. They wouldn`t care about electric cables in the Hardanger Fjord! The fjord is way too beautiful to them! What to do instead is to prepare for local electricity in much larger scale than what Norway is able to do at the moment. Preparing is the nature that we lack of, in the positive and the negative sence on the same time. The nature of Norway is quite monoistic, but to grow up is about preparing for your adulthood, on the same time the playfulness from childhood should not be forgotten. The union of these is to discover the possibilities of the imaginative nature. And this is, what Norway still needs. An imaginative nature on the same level as the World Cup Ski Championships on national broadcast and especially in the heart of Oslo.

Childrens` future; touching and feeling the melting ice bear.

WWF Staff on top of the Plaza hotel with the panorama view over Oslo

20110318

Eco In Norway:Earth Hour 2011

Have to create a post about this event. Surprisingly I received a tee from WWF on my birthday last week actually, and it was an Earth Hour t-shirt with a cool bandana to wear on action-day the 26th of March when volunteering in Oslo and Drammen for this year´s Earth Hour campaign in Norway.

The 26th I will make attention for the event during the day in Oslo together with other people from the organizations. Continuing the spread, I mailed all elementary school principals in my district and junior high schools today, adding email-addresses to business leaders in Drammen sending them an information post.

More mails will be sent until end of next week, and I might also attend a few schools to talk about it. Also created a Facebook-group/event-page for Drammen citizens. Earth Hour is the biggest action by the people for the climate worldwide, to make attention for energy savings, solutions and agreements on what is important.

20110313

Eco in World: To live along with natural disasters; Pollution is for Processing.

Natural "disasters" are here to stay. They`ve forever been here, but as the world is more connected than ever, all incidents hit us more directly and frustrates us more than ever. To learn how to live alongside them is the new challenge for all parts of the world.

I am in a little peaceful corner here writing, trying to help out with a tiny bit of communication which has all been said before, but I know that I am also responsible as citizen of one of the oil nations, for many of the disasters already been here. So I have to be active, and cannot ignore my nabour. This time around, Japan has a hard time. And before we start to use our seeds in the Svalbard Seed Vault or building a giant Noah's Ark, I am interested in communicating that to build houses or lifestyles to merge with the natural changes of today and tomorrow, is much more important. To build infrastructure and engineering that is more than just technique above nature, that can live alongside nature, is what we have to face.

It is a practical language. To keep up the sustainability, in other words, keep the natural Balance. Bears can express it or "make actions" to keep it, but it is not a "language" in the sence of words.

This frog "knows" that I am about to pinch him,
so he got himself some jumping legs to escape from it.
In the spot where the earth needs to renew. This is logic. This is not "intelligence" in the form of an organism that "thinks". Rather I find this kind of organism, called a "she" or the earth, one hardworking body connected to not only our actions, but our bodies, too.

From farming methods, we all know that urine as an example is very good vitamin to feed plants with, and some Asian coutries even use it for preventing colds and diseases as they dip children in urine bath. It comes from our natural body, and plants again are purifying it by using their "body" and leaf, and the former urine is now thin air. Using the flow of elements: Think about this as a water circulating system with a tap in your sink. A tube system to the local river where everything ends up and in the middle of this system there is some technique to purify and make this water clean. Well, the question how to purify this water from the lake to the tap, and then back again to nature , that is the activity that decides whether the water will leave traces in the tubes to make this pure or not, and whether what comes out of the tap is drinkable. Mother earth works just the same way.

Like pollution from acid rain water comes from us, but a single plant again is trying its best to purify it, and is yet another sign that pollution is for processing, and not for keeping. If humen too are "seen" as pollution, or their techniques are, nature will naturally process it - and trying to force the process into pure elements like clean air again.

I am very much aware of that the earth is neither an animal or a human, but this time we speak of nature as one living condition, and not a fossile.

This drivers' expression on his car (from Freeland ecovillage): "Unbalance" instead of "Ambulance"

Reminding of this post as we speak (Straw Bale Houses Earth Quake Resistant): http://ecoiselin.blogspot.com/2010/09/eco-in-denmark-straw-bale-houses-earth.html

20110217

Eco in Sweden: We're all Global Natives. The importance of keep travelling.

Gothenburg Museum of World Culture
I went to see an exciting exhibition at the World Culture Museum in our nabour country Sweden, which gave me some thoughts on the importance of travelling, and the reason why travelling does make you more aware of the environment if you're one of the globalized modern people. And also, that humans originally are migratory species and the idea of "Nations" is a relatively new idea historically speaking when we think thousands and not hundereds of years back- who would guess that! Evolution has it that prolonged settlement has a vertical axis of some ten thousand years, as explained on this badge:


Isolation, as we know it, is not very ecological. Permanent permaculture, maybe, if constructed in an international eco society. But most of us, do not live within permaculture or tend to think of the environment in every aspect, and therefor we have lost a lot of the experience since no grandfather is teaching us such anymore. Becoming more aware is not just for the political activists anymore, either. Some, even without activism in blood, might become even more active in the ecological field after travelling just a few places around the globe for getting the sense of another environment and culture, and we experience not only change in the culture shock, but also change within ourselves.

We will realize, that your homestead is largely influenced by your local supermarket instead of the wide inspiration on earth. My travel, has for sure expanded my horizons to become more aware. Even though it's not "to become aware", it became a result of the whole travel. The travel itself, was to get what I've felt is missing. And what is missing, lies within all of us. From this exhibition, images and words were explaining my travel sum-up.

Our late ancestors were local people with global economy ambitions; travel to conquer - not to explore, and to bring home the goods of another world, leaving traces in a rather brutal way.

But, our early ancestors on the other hand,  were more likely global people with no permanent homes, living with local economies.

We wandered all the way from early Stone Age to the previous ice ages, coping with environments we'd never dream of coping with today, sleeping with the Neanderthals, giving in to the mushroom feed and continuing with travel across Asia and the northern territory, continuing using our native drums in music all the way from Africa and bringing tents on animals who became our carriers, like donkeys and horses. Why did we travel or, did we?

When we are on travel, we are also at home. We are where we are. Present. I`d like to state that we need to remember that the continents in very early ages of humankind, looked quite different from today.. the Mediterranean was not there, and Africa was linked to Asia, South America to Europe (a new discovery of link between Palestine and Native Americans) and Australia to The Middle East and Egypt- making the tribes of Aborigine and Sumerian quite familiar at some points, that we can also spot in their spiritual habits of "free the soul"-rituals.

Further more, the islands of Fiji, Haiti, Easter Island and even Hawaii did not exist in the shape they are today, they were linked to the mainland, and which - made all native tribes more "in contact" with each other, and wandering between places for finding new "green areas" for their animals to feed them. In fact, there is a link through all natives in all countries in the semi-nomadic lifestyle. Why do they otherwise look so the same, to us? Why do we still call natives - "natives"? the cultures have changed, alongside nations, but we still know they like to keep some of their past traditions.

They all live from day- to- day-basis ,like using sun dials instead of daily clocks controlling time schedule. When building community for the future and now, their significance is especially to maintain a vertical family- and society structure. This is an opposite to our horizontal structure for forward-thinking.

Having vertical structure, means that their rituals or traditions (like cooking or music; in other words identity ) are based on ancient pride, while usage of resources and leadership-communities are based on future generations' and climate demands, often formed as spiral seashells in dialogue. Even their dance routines generally speaking, is often a spiral form dance. Based on ancestor-instincts, but also based on the fact that the whole Earth had ONE source (the very elements we all need to live), and not divided into several states and several powers.
Wheather-harmony; Sun Dials in most native societies.

When we started conquering other countries (mainly the British...erm), and separeted ourselves from nature, we also unfortunately made all our natives separate into many "different" tribes and conditions. WE as high-industrial nations, actually made them isolated. They were not, from the beginning, isolated from the rest of the world, even how local and soul-searching they might seem. So, this whole concept of ideas we have of isolated, primitive and not-so-global natives are completely wrong ideas. They were in fact our global citizens, that we are stribing to become today in all our adjustment to globalization and universal ideas, long before we started to name anyone a president or anyone a king.

The importance of travelling (in the aim of discovery) is therefor something we must not reconsider together with all the other things we are reconsidering today that are environmentally friendly. Yes, I am aware of plane traffics, but on the other hand - without transport of people in and out of other countries, how can we then become ecologically educated enough to provide politics or even make decisions that are affecting other countries? We NEED to get to know our roots and ourselves better by asking our neighbor, to understand that we are connected.

Not to mention, to appreciate the beauty of nature's diversity. When travelling, you are "forced" to look around. You can not escape from finding challenges in nature on your road, and you can not escape from meeting new people that are local experts on their own natural fields. I am all - into travel. And, I will continue with it. On the other note: Travelling has made me more aware of the many local economies out there. That the global economy we once were dependant on, is shrinking. This is extremely important. Learning is by experiencing differences and similarities, also.


Because life would never be able to evolve, without a knowledge and practice of a local feed, then on a global scale we need information of local climate to survive. And when you understand what is local, you might also start to build bridges between your own habitat - and - theirs, more like a winwin-union; where local opportunities meet global challenges and generational teaching can continue. This is when the Earth will evolve, I believe. When we understand that there are more roads than what is decided by your government or by your ruling company, when we see more than just 1 road which would more like to take personal advantages of your local resource than to develop it, honestly. To get into the depth of the soil we all came from, I guess the first step is to start exploring it, digging it, and if you can't access Google Mongolia or Google Amazon to breath the clean oxygen from trees and climbing mountains, you'd need to go and look for it yourself! Reading about it is one thing, experience is something quite different.

Apart from our civilized, organized and growing families within nations, we're all global natives from the very roots.