Wanted: Dump site

After a week, we are slow­ly get­ting used to plas­tic-free shop­ping. It does take more effort, but so far we haven’t run into any prob­lems. The chal­lenge also gave us the push we need­ed to get a veg­etable box deliv­ered from a local organ­ic farm. They work with plas­tic, but give the option to order …

Food without plastic

Fred­dy has joined a group of col­leagues who will try not to use sin­­gle-use plas­tic dur­ing Lent. This Plas­tic Chal­lenge start­ed on Wednes­day. So, in the com­ing weeks we will not buy any­thing that is pack­aged in plas­tic. Because plas­tic is main­ly a prob­lem when it ends up on the street, I also intend to …

Back to the wild

A Dutch cow, Her­mien, was on the news because she escaped from a trans­port to a slaugh­ter­house six weeks ago, and has been liv­ing in the woods ever since. Anoth­er news item was about a cow in Poland who escaped and joined a herd of wild bison. The Par­ty for the Ani­mals is rais­ing mon­ey to …

Beings of light

Here in Aberdeen I work in child­care. When it’s bed­time, I tell the chil­dren sto­ries about Nar­nia. Some­times I also tell sto­ries that I have made up, and we come up with new ideas togeth­er. This always involves a large amount of mag­ic and fan­ta­sy. Sto­ries about strange crea­tures and mys­te­ri­ous pow­ers are not only …

Out of the blue

I inhale deeply as I step into the plane. Kerosene and cof­fee, the friend­ly smile of the KLM stew­ardess; it already feels a bit like com­ing home. We sit down and I take my book out. It’s a Dutch book by Babette Porceli­jn. The title trans­lates as: The hid­den impact — every­thing for an eco-pos­i­­tive …