Celebrating Valentine’s Day in an environmentally friendly way can be a thoughtful and sustainable choice. Previously, we wrote about what to do when you are single on Valentine’s Day. This year we are all in and bring you ten environmentally friendly gift ideas for a green Valentine’s Day:
More than two years into the Covid pandemic – which continues to challenge people around the world – Ukraine and the rest of the world have been thrown into turmoil by a violent invasion which continues to result in loss of lives and displacement of many people and animals and on fuel and food security.
Armed conflict is very bad for people, costs many lives and has devastating effects on the natural environment.
The essence of Christmas is peace on earth and this is what we wish for this Christmas. World peace. No more, no less. We wish for peace for all people and for all ecosystems. Without peace there will be no protection of our natural environment.
Featured image street art by: Stop Wars – By Eduardo Kobra at Art Basel in Wynwood
Why not buy fewer Christmas presents and make gifts that matter?
Here are 10 ideas for last minute presents which don’t cost the earth, boost local, small businesses and won’t end up in landfill within a short time after Christmas and might even be good for the planet.
Ten last minute present ideas for Christmas:
Quotes are often found on postcards, posters, in speeches, on social media accounts – to name just a few. There seems to be a quote for every occasion. Quotes are like music: reflecting a mood and relating an experience – without the music!
Why is there a quote for every occasion?
- Quotes bring larger texts or concepts to the point and create a collective consensus which is helpful in quickly and succinctly conveying ideas.
- A quote which appeals to us does so because it reflects an idea, concept or emotion we already know or reinforces what we think is right but are unsure of.
- Quotes reflect who we are, how we see ourselves and/or who we would like to be. Quotes express our aspirations and convictions and allow others to relate to us (or not).
- On the negative side, quotes also are part of the new world of instant gratifications. While a quote is all of the above, it is unable to deliver sustained motivation without us doing the work to reach our goal or to build that character.
It’s this time of year again. We search for last minute Christmas presents.
More and more people celebrate the ‘Festive Season’ formerly known as Christmas: a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who, in the eyes of Christians, is the son of God.
Why is Christmas popular to non-Christians?
Why is Christmas so popular and reaches beyond religious boundaries? Because it sells just about everything and is therefore loved by business owners around the world AND it allows us to express our love for each other. This makes for a great consumer festival where everybody wins – except the planet!
Buy less stuff ending up in landfill. Make gifts that matter instead.
It’s February and you know what that means – advertisers trying to sell us more stuff – cards, flowers, wine, gimmicks, experiences and the idea that we are lacking in some way if we don’t have a significant other or have and don’t wish to take part in Valentine’s Day spending.
Are you spending the right amount of time, money or impression on someone or yourself?
Or can it? The saying ‘money can’t buy happiness’ isn’t always true…
If you live below the poverty line money will ensure you can buy yourself physical security and feel emotionally better due to the reduced stress that lack of money brings with it.
Disposable income can also be used to help others. Research suggests people who help others are happier than people who spent all of their money on themselves. Spare income allows us to donate to causes close to our hearts and leads to happiness.
Once we pass a certain threshold, namely $75,000US according to Economists Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, we won’t be any happier when we earn more and upgrade existing and add more possessions to our own private empire.
The things that bring long-term satisfaction and contentment can’t be bought with money, on the contrary, instant gratification particularly can actually have the opposite effect. [Read more…]
A new year and a new decade.
January 2020 – the end of an old and the beginning of not just a new year but a new decade. A decade of hope and to move into the right direction.
A time for collaboration and consensus building. A time for integration of the different, of the poor, of the voiceless, of non-human animals, of plants, of everybody and everything. A time to create balance.
Goals and resolutions.
2019 will be a big year for women globally. There is a lot to be proud of. Yet, a lot remains to be achieved.
A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
We are half way into January and by now, your new year resolution(s) are probably already out of the window. You are not alone:
Most New Year’s resolutions fail. That’s a fact.
But don’t let this stop you from having one or several resolutions. Drawing one year to a close and starting a new one is a powerful tool for reflection, for taking stock and to set out where you would like to be in another 12 months time… no goals = no results.