Roundtable to Save the World

Hey Stockholmers have you already followed on FB our friends from KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory? If not, do it now! Why? So you don’t miss the cool events they plan constantly for all of us!

Their next event will be taking place next Tuesday (Feb 20th) at Arena Idé (nearest station Hötorget) and is going to be a public event where researchers and practitioners in the field of climate change and migration in the urban realm will present their ideas and scenarios on how to respond holistically to these 2 issues. This event will be moderated by Ileana lengo from KTH and will have Renato Accorinti Mayor of Messina, Ashley Dawson City University of New York and Princeton Environment Institute, Eleonora de Mayo City Counsellor of Napoli, Toni Ridas Barcelona en comú, and Lise Sedrez Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro as participants.

Don’t forget to check the event for more information and register to take part in this amazing experience!

International Sustainable Campus Network

Hey peeps! Just received the news that KTH will be hosting the 12th annual International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) conference in June. What is ISCN? Well, ISCN is…

a non-profit association of globally leading colleges and universities representing over 30 countries and working together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching.

Last year this conference was held by our Canadian fellows from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, so now that it will be held here in Sthlm, are you interested in having free access to the conferences (worth 3,300 SEK)? Do you want to share and have lunch for free during the day? Click here to get more info on how you can contribute to get this and more!

It is important that for you to apply, you must be an undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. student at KTH during the time of the conference.

Find more information about ISCN here.

1, 2, 3 Squat and Rubbish

While procrastinating this weekend instead of doing the mountain of homework that I have, I read an article that -let’s say- amazed me. Why? well, because is something that I haven’t been witness of and it seems that is gaining a lot of coverage from the media. This thing originated and is currently happening in Sweden… I’m talking about PLOGGING! Plo-what?! Better described by our friends from the British newspaper The Telegraph, plogging is…

participants picking up plastic litter while jogging!

Ploggers -as they are described by World Economic Forum- have been spotted in different cities such as Paris. Quite amazing don’t you think so? Well, if it’s not amazing for you I want you to remember that we live in a world where each year produces 1.3 BILLION TONNES of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and is expected to produce 2.5 BILLION TONNES by 2025 (World Bank, 2010)… trust me that not all of this trash is treated correctly, so yeah, going out to do some exercise and ending up cleaning the streets seems a funny activity to do 😀

What do you think about this practice? I find it really awesome because it’s about humans working together for a better environment. Now, I’m not asking you to go out right away jogging to pick up trash, but what about next time that you are walking and you see a cup, a plastic bag or bottle on the floor and you pick it up and put it in the trash can? I can assure you that it will make you feel great (I’ve tried it many times), and who knows, if someone else sees you doing that you may transmit this positive action to someone else! Don’t be scare and pick up some rubbish! 😀

See this video posted on WEF’s FB page about plogging! And read some info here.

There’s a new Swedish fitness craze that keeps you healthy and saves the planet

Are you a plogger? Learn more: http://wef.ch/2C7utmQ

Publicerat av World Economic Forum den 10 februari 2018

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Look at that Butt

Do you smoke? Do you know someone who smokes? There’s a topic that’s been in mind for a couple of weeks that you may find quite interesting. Let’s be clear, this post WILL NOT try to persuade you to quit smoking, but WILL BE about the residues that around 75% of smokers toss on the streets…
Cigarette Butts!

Sweden has the lowest rate when it comes to people who actually smoke cigarette, it’s is only 5% of the population. The reason of that, is that the Swedish Government allow people to buy a thing called “snus” (moist powdered tobacco) that comes in a tinny bag and people put it in their mouths somewhere between the gums and the lips. Still, some people of that 5% manage to toss out the c-butt on the streets.

So as I said it before, I’m not here to make you change your mind about smoking, but at least put the butt in the garbage! Remember that wildlife like birds could eat this residue full of chemicals, but…

The chemicals found in one cigarette butt can leach out and contaminate approximately 7.5 liters of water within one hour.

STOP POLLUTING WATER!

Want to know more about recycling C-butts? Look at this amazing video from National Geographic about this residue and how it could be recycled 😀 Don’t forget to comment and subscribe!

WEEE Stands For?

Why didn’t I post during the week? Laziness? Party too much? Well, non of them… I was actually waiting for yesterday’s field trip to a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) facility called SIMS Recycling Solutions! Have you ever wonder where your old box-TV could have ended up or that big heavy cellphone that your parents used to have back in the 90’s? The answer to that could be (in most and worst of the cases) in a landfill 🙁 or in (best of scenarios) in a WEEE facility!

It is stated than less than 20% of the electronic waste (e-waste) generated world-wide is recycled; even though, nearly 100 % of e-waste is recyclable!!! We are talking about cellphones, computers, vacuum cleaners, radiators and so on. All these products are reached in metals and plastic that could have been re-introduced to the chain lowering their environmental footprint if they were disposed properly. Let’s just quantify with one example:

  • Recycling one million laptop computers can save enough energy to run 3,656 U.S. homes for a year.

Trust me… that’s a lot from just recycling…

The problem here is to know that these products have a lifespan and that they can be actually recycled, not to be left in a dark drawer as probably most our old cellphones in our homes. That’s bad, bad for our environment based on the fact that without recycling, companies will be needing to extract more natural resources. To be honest, this visit was quite amazing, but unfortunately we couldn’t make pictures of the process, despite that, here is a pic of Tobi and me before entering its facility.

At SIMS Sweden, they work with a wide portfolio of companies and businesses within the private and public sector to reduce and recycle this type of waste. Only last year, they recycled in their Swedish facility 34,000 tons of e-waste that was quantified in a reduction of 73,250 tons of CO2 (an average car produces 4.7 tons per year so yeah, the amount of emissions of 15,585 cars in a year… just saying). Do you know what to do with your e-waste in your country? If not, be curious and motivated to have a positive impact in your environment! 😀

Here is a video of what Tobi and me (and others not in this cool selfie) experienced on Friday at SIMS.

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