How cows are making way for soybeans, wine and fruit trees

How cows are making way for soybeans, wine and fruit trees I grew up by a river, amid meadows, a few houses and scattered farms. In the summer, I’d camp with friends on a farmer’s land. He had 50 cows and 30 horses. I learned to cook on a gas burner and to light fires. […]

Too Many Magnificent Stories to Tell

Too Many Magnificent Stories to Tell My own nature pegs me into the positive person slot, but when I read too much about the corona crisis, climate change or economic and social inequality, I start to worry and become a bit disheartened. Will my children also be able to build a beautiful future in this […]

Save Nature for Only 99 Cents A Square Meter

Save Nature for Only 99 Cents A Square Meter A few weeks ago, I attended a small, one-day, yoga retreat at someone’s house, situated in a beautiful, wooded area. The ideal opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. I had arrived early and walked around. The sun was shining, the birds […]

A Year’s Worth of Your Garbage in a Mason Jar

A Year’s Worth of Your Garbage in a Mason Jar Sunscreen, toothpaste, tea bags, scrubbing cream, fishes, bottled water, and fleece, all have one thing in common: they contain microplastics and nanoplastics that we end up eating, drinking, rubbing onto our skin, and even inhaling. And more and more people are resisting that idea. Rightly […]

A Vegetable Garden as Symbol for Local Food Production

A Vegetable Garden as Symbol for Local Food Production My eldest son insisted on a vegetable garden. I thought it was a whim, but he persevered. That vegetable garden should and had to come and I agreed. Full of dedication he researched YouTube, and slowly he converted our kitchen into a nursery for the germinating […]

Will We Be Able to Stick to Our Good Intentions?

Will We Be Able to Stick to Our Good Intentions? During a long holiday I begin to realize that I really don’t need much to be happy. Sun, flip-flops, good company, good food and no obligations. The rest is bonus. During such a holiday I always set my good intentions. I want to work less […]

Survival of the Fittest, or of the Most Sustainable?

Survival of the Fittest, or of the Most Sustainable? The days appear all alike. Under the advice of André Kuipers, a famous Dutch astronaut who compares our current situation somewhat to making a space journey, we incorporate a fixed rhythm at home. Getting up, exercising, getting dressed, having breakfast, working, taking a break, working, playing […]

We Can Do This. Make Sustainable Choices under High Pressure.

We Can Do This. Make Sustainable Choices under High Pressure. Last week I had to travel for work. I doubted if I could go. Friends who were going to Italy for the weekend had cancelled. They thought the risk of contracting the coronavirus was too great. What was I afraid of? I’m not really in […]

Waiting for the water in the Netherlands

Waiting for the water in the Netherlands In the attic of my house in The Hague, a beautiful city on the coast of the Netherlands, there lays a dinghy. The type that you can fill with a hand pump. A few years ago, we received the rubber boat as a present from a friend, because […]

Shame in One of the Happiest Countries in the World

Shame in One of the Happiest Countries in the World While Australia is on fire and tensions in the Middle East are rising, holiday time is finished, and normal life in the Netherlands starts again. During a New Year’s get-together, we exchange good intentions, most of which will not last. Research shows that people drop […]