We have learned that when you call yourself “green” in any shape or form and you talk about environmental issues, you may inadvertently give the impression that you put yourself on a pedestal. So here are our GREEN (or rather BLACK) CONFESSIONS (in no particular order):
- We eat a primarily vegetarian diet,
- but we also eat cheese, eggs and a bit of fish, i.e. we’re “fish and chipocrites”
- We try to buy organic produce and limit our purchase of single-use plastic,
- but it is not always feasible and we may opt for a more practical solution.
- It is our dream and plan to convert our HR into a 100 pct. electric boat,
- but it is not currently the case and we do use a regular diesel engine
- We use our SUP boards for everyday transport,
- but will sometimes accept a dinghy ride from our friends to e.g. do food shopping, learn to foil or get to a dive spot.
- We’re currently sailing as our main mode of travelling,
- but we have flown plenty in the past and cannot say that we won’t fly occasionally in the future.
- One day we hope to own an electric car, or at least a hybrid,
- but in Denmark we co-owned a little combustible engine car with our friends, which we would use on weekends to take Kai to the dog park or get to a surf spot.
- Often we try to buy our plastic-heavy water sport equipment second hand,
- but our two SUP’s, the wing foil and our two surfboards have all been purchased from new.
- We do sometimes shop new “new” clothes and would love to shop all of our clothing from second-hand shop or sustainable designers,
- but we’re also full-time cruisers who sometimes opt for a cheap 5-set underwear deal.
- Although we’re vegetarian our dog is not (we don’t currently see scientific evidence that veganism is a healthy choice for dogs). We try to be conscious dog owner,
- but little Kai does have an environmental footprint.
- While living on the boat in the Danish winter we tried to minimise energy consumption by insulating the boat and installing what we hoped would be a more efficient system with radiators,
- but we did heat our boat with diesel.
And there is no doubt much more that we could improve on and ways to do better – it’s a work in progress that we seek to accelerate. We call ourselves “a green heading” because a) we’re not perfect, hence the “heading” and b) we want to show that we’re passionate about the environment, so we can have informative, constructive and helpful discussions with you. We want to learn and do better. Individual actions are a crucial part in solving the climate crisis.
HOWEVER, when we spent our time passing judgement on others and calling each other hypocrites and what not, we’re aiding and abating the oil and gas industry (and all those who benefit from it) in their deflection campaign.
A deflection campaign is a “divide and conquer” a strategy, where they by using bots and misusing individuals seek to make us (the climate conscious humans) fight amongst ourselves, so we forget about the other crucial part in saving our planet – SYSTEMIC CHANGE. When we fight each other, we forget to focus on the big polluters and cowardice politicians, and they continue to cash in. For more on this we strongly encourage you to read Michael E. Mann’s book “The New Climate War”.
Let’s not give the polluters what they want – let’s instead help and support each other in approving our individual actions and let’s join in the resistance against the polluters and bring about climate peace through systemic change.