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Let’s talk about Stockholm

Hey peeps! I know, I know, I’ve been trying to do my best to balance private life, assignments, test, and of course this incredible space for all of us where I share sustainability-related topics. As some of you may know, here at KTH, we just entered last week the dark zone of deadlines and final exams… yay! (said no one ever), crazy never-ending reports, long assignments and preparation for exams…

But well, let’s get to the topic… Stockholm! As you all know I’ve living in this amazing city for about 7 months now… what!… ok time is going really fast hehe but I’ve learnt so many thing from it. As a leading city in sustainable innovation, Stockholm is investing in not only bright minds to spread environmental knowledge, but in the city itself to be sustainable for the next generations.

This topic is simple, I want to show you a really cool video that Stockholms Stad made for one of the most sustainable neighborhood here, Hammarby Sjöstad (pretty sure you pronounce it wrong, actually no one knows how to do it. Kidding. Not really haha). This neighborhood is being totally renovated with different insight of how to make it sustainable in all ways possible.

Want to know more about this? Click here and read this article about Fossil Fuel-Free Stockholm and how this city is tackling climate change!

Cheap Food in Stockholm

Hey peeps! Some of you may know and some may not, but as a student in Sweden we can have tons of discounts on many things, one of them is on food! But why food and discounts are the subject from this post today? Well, using hard data from the Swedish Environment Protection Agency, Swedes generated in 2012 around 127 kg/person of food waste.

Panini Internazionale, offers a variety of salads, paninis, wraps and other things extremely delicious! (well, I do like the food here). The good part is that not only you can find their offer quite tasty, but that they have some pretty good and healthy meals too… sad part, it is not so friendly for a low-budget student; I’m taking about 100 SEK salads, for example…

BUT WAIT!!! DON’T GO!!!! There’s a good part also… as a student… in the last hour before closing, all stores offer all of their products already displayed with a 70% discount! YES 70% DISCOUNT showing your student id (phone or card)!

With this strategy food that could have ended up as waste, now ends up on your table ready to be eaten! Let’s remember that there’s still a fight against world hunger so let’s be aware of what we eat and how much we can actually eat. Prevention is always the best way to cut our waste! Here some pics of what I bought today for 57 SEK (normal price 190 SEK).

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Quick Tip!

Do you believe in Karma? I do! And it’s fantastic! No peeps, I’m not talking about the consequences the universe will be throwing at you for cheating on your bf/gf, I’m talking about Karma, Swedish app that helps to reduce the food being wasted. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO):

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.

But whats the magic part with this app? By using karma, you’ll get the chance to be in contact with restaurants, bakeries, and other food stores that will offer you huge discounts at an specific time and place of the day for their surplus of food, saving significant amounts of products going to the trash (e.g. sandwiches, muffins, cakes, etc). Here is a screen capture of how the pages looks 😀

Unfortunately, Karma comes with a price; the price of having a Swedish bank account, thus you must have also a personal number (really complicated system in here, right?). Why? Cause the app is only in the Swedish app store (at least for iPhone). Feeling wild? Ask a Swedish friend to lend his/her credit card! Haha tell them is for a good cause!

Do you have any app like this in your country? Remember to follow and comment! 😀

17 Facts About Sweden

Sustainable development is not only about knowing in which can your trash goes, it goes way deeper than that. It’s about equality, health, poverty and so many other facts that policy makers must take into consideration to have a proper leadership. That’s why the aim of this post is to present to you how Sweden is one of the top leaders following UN’s 17 Sustainable Goals 2015-2030. Do you know them by heart? Well, here they are…

1. No Poverty

0.09 is Sweden’s ratio when it comes to poverty as reported by the OECD (2014).

2. Zero Hunger

Less than 3.5% is the amount of Swedish people at risk of not having enough money to buy a proper meal every second day as reported by Eurostat (2016).

3. Good Health and Well-being

As of 2015, 82.5 years of life expectancy at birth in Sweden. One of the top 5 countries in the field.

4. Quality Education

Sweden comes at 4th place when it comes to USD/Student ratio on spending money for eduction.

5. Gender Equality

In the Gini Coefficient, where 0 means complete equality and 1 complete inequality, Sweden ranked in 2014 0.274.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

87% of Sweden’s population were connected by 2014 to a waste water treatment facility, meaning that they treat water, a lot!

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Renewable energy accounts for more than 50% of Sweden’s energy production. 

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sweden has the highest GDP from all the Scandinavian countries.

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

5th country with the highest %GDP spent on R&D in 2015.

10. Reduced Inequalities

2º place in the “Women in Politics” index with 52.2%… those Finnish people -.- 

11. Sustainable Cities

Växjö, Malmö, Umeå, Stockholm… more info? Click here.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Less than 1% of household waste ends up in a landfill in Sweden.

13. Climate Action

Committed country working towards a sustainable future by being part of the Paris Agreement.

14. Life Below Water

Baltic Sea Action Plan member for a better environmental status by 2021 regarding the eutrophication of the zone.

15. Life on Land

Committed to environment and the responsable use of Sweden’s lands, they rank 11th in the list of the countries with more trees in the world this year.

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Sweden has not actively participated in a war since 1814.

17. Partnerships for the Goals

To reach and keep improving all its goals, Sweden has been member of the UN since 1946 (The UN was founded in 1945 :D).

Did you like this info? Would like to know a little bit more about how’s your country doing? Click here and search for your country.

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City of Blinding Lights

Stockholmers, what a great spectacle we had last night! Incredible nature’s show right above us, green bright lights dancing over our heads thanks to solar’s winds disrupting Earth’s magnetosphere. This amazing spectacle that people seek mostly by traveling northern Sweden paying a significant amount of money just to see what we had here for free! Yesterday! HERE IN STOCKHOLM!… Oh wait, you didn’t see the northern lights? It was too bright in hype Södermalm? Well, then say thank you to what scientist call “Light Pollution” and enjoy these 2 pics from IG users living in Lappis, northern Stockholm.

As many of you, me and my roomies were unable to actually see the lights last night (we live in beautiful Älvsjö, southern Södermalm). The bright illumination surrounding us, whether it was from our own building or the street, didn’t let us see this incredible phenomena. So light pollution is the one to blame. As presented in the “Dark Sky Organization”, this type of pollution is the result of our industrialized civilization and is composed by:

  • Glare – excessive brightness that causes visual discomfort
  • Skyglow – brightening of the night sky over inhabited areas
  • Light trespass – light falling where it is not intended or needed
  • Clutter – bright, confusing and excessive groupings of light sources

Sometime inefficiently located, light instruments cause the reflection of natural dark night-light. Wasting energy, poorly targeted and sometimes extremely bright, this instruments block the amazing view of our Galaxy, the Milky Way.

According to the 2016 groundbreaking “World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness,” 80 percent of the world’s population lives under skyglow. In the United States and Europe 99 percent of the public can’t experience a natural night!

Want to know more about how lamps block natural light? Click here. Remember that unnecessary lamps don’t only stop us to seeing amazing starry nights, but they consume energy 🙁

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