Earth Hour – a conscious Blackout…

March 23, 8:30 PM, it’s time to shut down the lights as a manifestation for the environment.

Earth Hour 2013

This is a great campaign for our planet, joining people from all around the globe – Join in!

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”

Neil Armstrong, July 21, 1969, Sea of Tranquillity, the Moon

Earth Hour is an opportunity to show your support for the environment with a very modest effort – but why not go “all-in”, get involved and make a bold statement or challenge other participants? Continue reading

Value is not equal to Wealth…!

Somewhere in history we – the people – probably went a little bit wrong or where we just unlucky when thinking about “Value”….


At some point in history we realized that the way to exchange things for other things (four chickens for a cow, and so on…) was a bit unpractical, so we invented money. At about the same time the everlasting discussion on what the word “Value” stands for started.

Very rapidly parts of our society took ownership of the concept and put the equal sign between value and monetary amount. (Richness, Wealth)
One contributing reason could be that money easily can be counted whereas sociological and ecological value is more abstract and much harder, maybe even impossible, to count.

This has led to all kinds of somewhat strange behavior and “unfortunate” developments, and still today, there are numerous experts and philosophers’ trying to explain what is “real value” in our complex society. Continue reading

Transparency is the New WYSIWYG!

Years back the IT-industry gave us a new abbreviation – WYSIWYG – “What You See Is What You Get!” At that time it was used to describe the transformation of word processors from simple “code-editors” into user interfaces that not only showed the words but also included the appearance properties such as “Bold“, “Italic” and fonts.


Today “WYSIWYG” is more relevant than ever, but this time it is about Sustainability and the way corporate processes and supply chains are set-up. True Sustainability needs transparency as a major element. Continue reading

First money…and then what…?

Some people and corporations seem to think that if they only talk a lot about something specific – then something specific will happen…automatically?


On a workshop event some time back a rather high ranking (I think) executive took a slide from his company presentation and explained to me, their way to do business.

“The most important thing about a deal is the Money – once we have agreed on the money, it enables us to do all those other things, such as Environmental Surveys, Life Cycle Analysis, Sustainability Evaluations etcetera…”

I must admit that I was a little puzzled by the order of events in this statement and I wondered if he in any way is a role model for the way companies conduct their business.

Today after a week with on-going “horse-meat-scandals” and a lot of people being “surprised” and very upset that business-people can act so unscrupulous and without any conscience, I am pretty sure that the executive I met is not a “one-of-a-kind”! Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day – is not a synonym for ”to consume”…

Today is a fantastic opportunity to really show your love-ones how much you love and appreciate them – in a new fashion! Our current society has come up with a synonym-list that seems to have run amok…


Have we – the people – somewhere down the line, lost the ability to show and express real love and appreciation, and instead replaced it with “material things”? Are we buying away from the things in life that really matters? Continue reading

We don’t have a Climate Change crisis – We have a Human Society crisis!

Just recently I viewed a debate on Climate-Change at the Swedish parliament – and I wonder, is it only me that can see the “Elephant in the room”?

Elephant in the room-Wide

Most of the debate was focusing on weather Sweden is doing enough or not, especially when it comes to fulfilling the climate-goals to reduce CO2-emissions etcetera set by the EU, and as in any political debate the different parties tried to gain “points” on the others.

There was even someone arguing that we already are among the best in the OECD when it comes to CO2-emissions and therefore, above all, need to cooperate internationally to persuade others to be better. But nobody even mentioned the Elephant… Continue reading

“Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire!”

This quote by Confucius has been used in many, many variations and in endless situations in the past – let’s bring it into the Anthropocene.


The latest version of the quote that I come to think of, goes like this – “…meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs….!”

Could it be so, that the Brundtland commission in 1987 actually “borrowed” Confucius old quote and modernized it (?), or can we include Confucius quote in what is normally called “common sense” and that they both, only separated by 2,500 years, used it? Continue reading

Is CSR consistent with sustainability?

A Reflection!

“The essential characteristic of social responsibility is the willingness of an organization to incorporate social and environmental considerations in its decision making and be accountable for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment”

This is the start of one of the early paragraphs in the ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility.


Let’s establish a scientific fact; we cannot have infinite growth in a finite environment!
This of course means that there is one earth and one atmosphere that we are all to share. Continue reading

Gadgetfriendly data…

Now and then I run into some smart infographic or compilation of data.
It can be anything from Hans Rosling’s fantastic “Gapminder-bubbles” to a simple table of facts. Just recently I came across a couple of interesting one’s that I want to share.

New Scientist – Your Warming World

New Scientist

This is an interactive map showing the average temperatures over the past 20 years, but you can also see maps for earlier periods via a drop-down menu.

You can also click on a place or enter a location to se what has happened with the temperature during the last century.

Works on your computer or on a tablet.
(Click the picture to get there!)

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Carbon-neutral Nordic energy – the goal is set, but what does it take?

In 22 Jan, 2013, the IEA released its first regional technology study plotting how to achieve carbon-neutral Nordic energy 2050.


The report identifies five central challenges that the Nordic countries face in achieving a carbon-neutral energy system. Continue reading