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Let’s dive deeper into matters concerning our innate love for nature, why we need nature, eco-conscious behaviors and eco-psychology, sharing thoughts and discoveries.

Climate Quote by Vandana Shiva

‘India in the 21st centurt needs to be building on Gandhi’ s legacy […]. It needs to avoid repeating the ecological and social mistakes of the West. India has offered alternatives based sustainability and pluralism. Gandhi observed:
God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the West. The economic imperialism of a single tiny island kingdom [England] is today keeping the world in chains. If an entire nation of 300 million took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.’ 
We are today 1 billion. And we are being asked to adopt the lifestyles and economies of the 20 percent of humanity who have been using 80 percent of the world’s resources. If 100 million rich Indians want to live like their Western counterparts it would take more resources than the world has to offer and the attempt would force their brothers and sisters to give up their water, their land, their homes, and their livelihood. The highway project is not uniting India; it is dividing India. It is creating an automobile apartheid in which the rich drive at high speeds on highways built by cutting through villages and forests, tearing down homes, farms, and trees. They drive through withour even seeing the brothers and sisters whose livelihoods they are robbing […]’
(Soil, Not Oil – p. 62).

Climate Quote by Vandana Shiva

‘India’s tradition of leaving a small ecological footprint on the planet is being erased in a race by India’s elite to imitate and outdo the industrialized West in consuming the Earth’s resources – in usurping the ecological space of other beings, indigenous and rural communities, and the urban poor ‘
(Soil, Not Oil – p. 59).

Climate Quote by Greta Thunberg

“Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”

Climate Quote by Vandana Shiva

“We cling to these patterns without reflecting on the fact that they have become a human addiction only over the past 50 years and that maintaining this short-term, non-sustainable pattern of living for another 50 years comes at the risk of wiping out millions of species and destroying the very conditions for human survival”
(Soil, Not Oil, 2016 – p. 130)

Recent blogs | Bio-philia


Are you familiar with the concept of biophilia? I wasn’t until some years ago, after I stumbled upon the concept while reading. In this blog post I will share with you (a re-post about) the concept biophilia and my first encounter and exploration of the concept: reading the book Losing Eden by Lucy Jones.

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In this blog post I will be sharing my thoughts on the Dutch elections 2023, Dutch farmlands, polluting cars, climate change, our ‘developed’ Western society, the need for change, plant-based diets and a green movement, being inspired by content of the book ‘Soil, Not Oil’ by Vandana Shiva (2016).

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