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Little eco-gestures

It has been super long time since I’ve written a post in my blog. It has been a crazy summer for me: hen-do party in Madrid (yes, scientists also party hard J), University friend’s wedding in Puerto Real (where I was first made!), preparation for cruise (not only normal packing preparation but also getting catamaran and buoy ready for the first ever real deployment), visitors at home for a week, cruise in the Baltic Sea for four weeks, holidays in Ibiza for ten days, SOLAS conference in Kiel for a week (where I co-chaired my first discussion session). I can write a post for each of this points (I will definitely do for the Baltic Sea cruise) but today I want to tell you about something different.

Summer holidays in Ibiza

Summer holidays in Ibiza

Patri hen do in Madrid :)

Patri hen do in Madrid 🙂

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Beautiful wedding in Puerto Real

Poster presentation in SOLAS conference in Kiel

Poster presentation in SOLAS conference in Kiel

Mud walk :)

Mud walk 🙂

By now all the readers of this post know I work with CO2 in the ocean. During more than 11 years I have been actively working on this, I am often asked the question/comment along these lines; “you study CO2 but you cruise the Polar oceans” or “a lot of CO2 problem but you go to a conference in Hawaii”. Although cruises are still necessary to understand the complexity of our ocean, the oceanography community is investing a lot more effort in the “environmental friendly” platform like Argo buoys, fixed platforms with automatic sensors, gliders… Also it is also necessary to meet with your fellows in conference for networking, plan future research… However, more and more video-calls and conferences are used to discuss plans and papers.

But today’s post is about the personal little actions one can do to contribute less to the carbon budget. Of course you don’t need to be a carbon expert to do that but for me it makes more sense to be as consistent as possible with my life. I have a car and a bike and I try to cycle four days per week to work (believe me it is not always easy in North-Germany for a Mediterranean island girl). The fifth day I use the car because I go from work directly to a German course with my husband. We don’t use plastic bags for shopping and we avoid buying products with lots of packing (my friends, bananas have the most clever natural way of packing themselves, they don’t need an extra packing!). I do not use disposal tampons or slips but silicone cup and clothes washable slips (also these super white products are not really healthy). I always used alum deodorant, clothes tables napkins..

I don’t buy a lot of clothes, with travelling I learn we really don’t need that much to live comfortably. I admit I’m a fan of the charity shop (my angry aunties say I wear death’s clothes), where you give a second chance to a lot of things that otherwise would be waste. I had strange conversation with the cell phone customer service department who tried to reward me with a new cellphone because I’ve been such a loyal and good costumer: “No, I don’t want a new phone, mine is working fine” and the lady repeated again and again with surprise “but madam, it is free, you don’t even need to pay the delivery service”.

Sure I miss a lot of other little gesture one might do to reduce the impact of CO2 footprint. What are yours?

NORTH MIGRATION

I did this map for a talk, to present myself and where I have worked for more than 6 months.

Cities where I live for work for more than 6 months

Cities where I live for work for more than 6 months

First thing I realize is that I’m migrating north every time I move. I don’t particularly choose that (I’m not a fan of cold weather and it narrows the window of time when my dad (a non-cold weather person at old) can visit me) but it just happens.

This week I was sadly packing the summer clothes I used for my holidays in Mexico during Easter and I realized how few summer clothes I have! Partly thanks to UPS who lost two parcels full of clothes during the last move but (here the connection with the map and the north-migration, don’t think I’m losing my mind) partly because I’m leaving every time more and more north. I then remember with nostalgia my long summer in Ibiza working in the sailing school, when my bikini drawer was fuller than my whole summer clothes drawer now, hahahaha…

My sad summer clothes drawer

My sad summer clothes drawer

Anyway, I look forward to using summer clothes again at the end of May in Madrid, where I have a “hen do”!!

And hoping to do at some point a U-turn on this map and start migrating south. It was been a haaaard and loooong winter. I’m glad my partner and I have decided not to move without the other anymore.

EIVISSA = IBIZA

Four days before heading Home for Christmas I think it is good opportunity to tell you where I come from. I always like to observe people’s faces when I answer their question, ‘where do you come from?’ Most of them are surprised. After saying, “I come from Ibiza”. I am normally asked – “Do real people live there?’ “Do you have schools there?” I always laugh and answer, ‘yes, normal people live there who don’t spend their lives dancing and doing drugs. Yes, we have schools and even University!!’ I give my “elevator speech” about my island. The local tourism board should give me some recognition for saying, “Ibiza is more than discos, sex and drugs. It’s UNESCO site for cultural and biodiversity, it has an important necropolis… ”

Another funny moment: it is really easy to travel from any little airport from the UK to Ibiza during summer. Even if you go home for a funeral then, you are surrounding but crazy young people trying to get as drunk as they can before landing and the cabin assistance shouting on the microphone saying that “if they can’t do the safety induction audible they can’t take off”. And you sit there, trying to follow your normal flying custom (mine is reading for 5 minutes and sleeping the rest :)). Different people sitting in the same row tried to talk to me after the wondering, “what this girl is doing reading and going to Ibiza” . . . “I’m going back home”. First they ask for a free place to stay over and then, ashamed they asked “But have you ever done “Ibiza” live? I mean, party and discos” hahahaha…

I love travelling around the world, but my friends, nothing is comparable to the peace I find at my dad´s place; and nothing is tastier that his fantastic fish soup; and nothing is more beautiful that seeing the cathedral and the wall from the jetty. I know I’m not really objective (not scientifically correct) in this aspect but… I count now the hours to go 🙂