This is my friend. Her name is Folke and she joined us for morning yoga today. This position is called “super cute dog”.
This is pretty serious stuff. Bayer might be about to overturn the EC’s decision to ban the pesticides implicated in killing off the bees! If they win this case, it could be truly disastrous for both the bees and our own future. Please share, and please see the SumOfUs link (no affiliation) to make a donation to help the campaign to save the bees.
Early in 2013, the European Food Safety Authority stated that three specific neonicotinoid insecticides (imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam) pose an acute risk to honeybees, and the European Commission proposed a two-year ban on them.
This is due to go into effect on Dec 1st – and the ban was introduced because of mounting scientific evidence that these insecticides, produced by Syngenta and Bayer, have been the agents responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder – a major problem threatening both the bees and the safety of our own food supply!
However in a horrifying twist, and despite huge public opposition, Syngenta and Bayer are now suing the European Commission over their “right” to continue to produce the pesticides which have been implicated in the massive die-off of millions of bees. Yes, their “right”. Because as we know, corporations’ sole agenda is to make money. They cannot let a trivial thing like nature get in their way.
These insecticides continue to be produced and used on a vast scale in the USA and in other countries and are huge moneymakers for the chemical corporations…
This threw up a few red flags when some of the links led to wiki pages but I looked up the lawsuit and it seems to be legit. Bayer is trying to lift the ban on pesticides that have been linked to the death of millions of bees in Europe. This is, unquestionably, terrible enough on its own, because bees are amazing little insects and deserve all our love, but if all the bees in the world go extinct, human life as we know it will change drastically. Produce will virtually cease to exist. That is a big freaking deal.
In addition to the donation page listed above, SumOfUs also has a petition going around that is still in need of signatures to help stop this. And it needs to be stopped. We cannot risk losing any more bees.
Bees get a pretty bad rap, but honestly? The scary, stingy things you’re afraid of? Most likely wasps. Bees, particularly honeybees and bumblebees, are just these fluffy little cuddle balls that fly around and pollinate stuff. They won’t sting you unless you’re a direct threat to them, because if they sting you, they’ll die. Don’t be scared of bees. Be scared for bees.
I’ve done as much looking around as I can because I know Tumblr is a cesspool of misinformation, and this looks as legit as it gets. Please tell people, sign the petition, and donate if you can.
And in the meantime, if you’re a gardner, please try to encourage bees to come to your garden. You can use the tips listed here. There’s also some information about different kinds of bees you might run into, in case you’d like to learn more about bees and why they’re wonderful.
Thanks for reading, guys. Please share this.
They need 60K more signature and time is almost up! Please sign and reblog!
Sometimes a “simple” thing like a glass of water has more to it than it would seem. And sometimes my camera on my phone knows how to capture those kinds of things. Superbt.
I’ve got a scarf around my head, big enough to cover my kind of pale shoulders. In my view are two gigantic jellyfish and her. On a surfing board. In the ocean. Unlike the jellyfish who unfortunately have been washed up on the beach. She’s standing up on the board now, wow, she’s been in the water like half an hour. First time surfing. I was supposed to join but I decided it was too expensive for my budget unless I want to be eating leaves and gravel for a week. “Isn’t that what you usually eat, being vegan and all?” you ask. No, it is actually not, surprisingly enough. I do enjoy leaves, however.
Today is our day. I have Sanne all to myself. I love spending time with her. Friday comes to take her home again but I’ll pretend it’s not true until she’s gone. I’m sensing tomorrow will be magical. We found this place outside of Khao Lak (same place we’re at now, while Sanne is surfing). It’s a restaurant/bar and tomorrow they will be shutting off all electric lights and pack the place with candles and stuff instead. The guys working here are awesome, they taught me some more Thai too. Ooy and daan and the rest of the crew, I’m hoping to convince my father to come along. Oh and they have incredible food, they even made it special for us. No palm oil and all vegan. Fantastic!
Occasionally we end up spending a few days at super touristy locations like Khao Lak, usually not by choice but because we need to bring someone there or meet someone there. I hugged my father a million times and more yesterday. I could tell he has missed me about as much as I’ve missed him. It was wonderful meeting his friends too, I know them from before and they are such good people.
Sanne is leaving in a few days. She’s been here for about two weeks now and I so needed her to be here. I still do. I’m hoping she will decide to stay even though it’s not even an option. It feels like everything I haven’t dealt with yet she just pulls out of me and helps me figure it out.
Tomorrow morning I’m going for a walk again. Walk it off. And some beginner’s yoga. Sanne taught me this new habit, and it’s really working for me. Gives me heaps of positive energy. I’ve collected too much negativity lately, the past few months. Without really noticing it. Some new routines and changes should do the trick!
I just finished an exam in Finnish. Finnished. Haha, yeah, I’m feeling a little bit delirious considering what time it is (04:11am). Things I have to accept if I want to study in Sweden but through the internet, while travelling. The exam was between 12 and 04 my time. Totally worth it though! An easy way to travel and still have an income. Plus, I learn stuff.
So. My problem now is: I’m pretty much wide awake after sleeping during the day + drinking coffee. My routines are so very messed up by now.
At a bus station in Melaka. Not just a bus station, the bus station. In our home town in the big world. Where our hearts have entwined with every mark of creativity and love and freedom and the smiles of people who consider us their friends. Where what’s true is way too strong to ignore, where it challenges us to actually let go of the things that are not true.
Today I walked into Voyage for the last time. It broke my heart. Garden salad, peppermint tea and water, please. And let me just sit in the couch with my legs tightly pressed to my body, let me take this in, this place. These people. The music, man, it gets to me every time. It’s as if the music has been chosen for me to be able to go through every feeling I have ever felt. Let’s not fuck around. Or let us, because today I walked out of there the last time. No promises of my return were spoken, because when I return it will all be gone. Everything changes, she says, and it’s good. Change is good. And she adds that it’s okay for me to be sad. Voyage means something, something true and it takes me in whenever I bring myself there, no matter the state I am in. It’s always love, what I feel when I come to Voyage. I made sure to take the music with me, at least. And photographs. And memories, and feelings.
It’s not just Voyage, Melaka is changing too. I’m afraid it’s all a part of the thing that scares me the most. You know, it’s true that there’s no time for us. I’m blaming us for it. This world is our creation and I’m not agreeing to this kind of life, where shallow is what matters and true things like everything that Melaka represents are being torn apart. No, let Melaka be. If you want to change it – make even more room for all the soul-fulfilling warmth instead. When Linda left I understood that this is really happening. And I realized that Melaka is a part of my soul now. Which is beautiful.
For now I’ll go to Thailand to spend time with my father, and he’s happier these days. I sure am looking forward to it. And Thailand and me, we have a good relationship too. I will return to Melaka in two weeks though, it’s not time to leave that life behind just yet. Jumpa lagi, Melaka.