Old times, new life

The main goal of sex is to make babies, right? That’s what we see every­where in nature. Seen in that way, I have now used sex prop­er­ly for the first time in my life. Still, when we look at the his­to­ry of mankind, it turns out that it is not that sim­ple. In the age …

The vegan who ate yoghurt

I hes­i­tate in front of the refrig­er­a­tor in the super­mar­ket. Being a veg­an, I usu­al­ly fast-track past the dairy sec­tion, but today I devi­ate from my nor­mal round. I study the dif­fer­ent types of yogurt. Organ­ic, of course. Hmm, blue­ber­ries. This excur­sion into the realms of dairy, now more than a month ago, is part …

Work and play

A famous writer, a com­mu­ni­ty work­er who brings peo­ple togeth­er, a suc­cess­ful ani­mal activist, a screen­writer… I look up from my note­book. Out­side, the wind plays with the long strands of hair of the birch that stands in front of the win­dow. Inside, peo­ple are read­ing qui­et­ly among end­less rows of books. This is my …

Message in a bottle

Our Plas­tic Chal­lenge is over. For sev­en weeks we have forced our­selves to find alter­na­tives for plas­tic pack­ag­ing. Now that we are used to these changes, we keep avoid­ing plas­tic as much as pos­si­ble. But indi­vid­ual choic­es are not enough — we need major social changes. Every­thing flows to the sea If I have learned …

Don’t push it

I cycle through Aberdeen, a bag of gro­ceries swing­ing from my steer­ing wheel. I have been to the Lidl where you can buy, for exam­ple, cau­li­flower and zuc­chi­ni with­out pack­ag­ing. Shop­ping veg­an and plas­tic-free by bike, it does­n’t get much more envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly. But the warm, fuzzy feel­ing stays away. Instead, I feel anger bub­bling …