Yesterday Barcelona became paralyzed by a formidable snow storm. At three in the afternoon the city was covered with a beautiful white powder. At 17h the buses and short distance trains were suspended and the highways around Barcelona were closed. By 18h in the afternoon, when I left work, the streets in the upper part … Continue reading A city without cars
[This post is part of the series on navigating stereotypes that are ascribed to me because of my nationality.] This time I have been both inspired by the newly introduced organic recycling containers in Barcelona, as well as by the following video comparing Germany's recycling affinity with their love for their cars. Apparently yes, we … Continue reading Cultural stereotypes as assets: ecological awareness
[This post is part of the series on navigating stereotypes that are ascribed to me because of my nationality.] In Spain they call German people “cabezas cuadradas” which means approximately “square head”. We are seen as taking everything serious and being very structured both in our way of thinking and in organizing stuff. Maybe, maybe … Continue reading Cultural stereotypes as assets: structure
I am currently reading the book "Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization" by Lester R. Brown (free download available). I will probably finish the last 10 of a total of 287 pages today (this is excluding the very abundant Notes section). The book describes several strategies on how to reduce carbon emission and climate … Continue reading Don’t confuse the audience
Home appliances are a major investment for your home. Most probably you will use them for 5 years or more, and looking at the prices of today, you won't find much below 300 Euro. Most washing machines, dishwashers and fridges rate around 500 Euros and above. So you should think that people do some research … Continue reading Marketing home appliances in Spain
We live in an oil driven economy. Oil is getting more expensive. You can make fuel from wheat. Wheat is getting more expensive. You can also make fuel from soy bean. Soy beans are getting more expensive. Try making fuel from corn. Corn is getting more expensive. We could do fuel from sugar (cane). Sugar … Continue reading Random eco thoughts: Eating fuel?