Sailors for Sustainability: preparation year & solutions in NL

Welcome to the Second appointment with Sailor for Sustainability!
I started reading the  blog’s monthly archive and I was impressed to discover  how much preparation Floris & Ivar had to do in the last months before departure, including a medical course for sailors, sea survival training, practical meteorology for long-distance sailors and engine maintenance. That said I have to be honest I was expecting the guys to be already prepared about all these, in my mind (and I can easily be wrong) none should start an adventure like this without a proper preparation and expertise, but this is of course my not adventure side talking.

Goodbye-party sailors for sustainability

Floris and Ivar started living on the boat on January 2016 and their sailing adventure started officially on the 13th of June. Before leaving for the world they had the chance to meet and see Sustainability solutions in their home country Netherlands, which is one of the most difficult, but yet rewarding, things to do when you are planning a world tour. I find this initiatives very interesting and they can be replicate worldwide, you only need to personalize them showing the genius loci of each of them.

Plastic Whale is a young enterprise +foundation The aim of Plastic Whale Foundation is awareness and commitment to the issue of plastic waste. The main activity in recent years relates to our public events,
where the day after a major event such as King’s and Gay Parade (so twice a year) we make it possible for everyone to go plastic fishing in the canals of Amsterdam.on based in Amsterdam. They organise fishing trips through the canals on their electric boats made from recycled plastic.
This initiative could be replicate in Venice, for example or any other cities with canals, but also it could be organise in Lake Como area too, in collaboration with boat rents and tour providers, just for example.

“Resource Collectors” (Grondstofjutters) at the beach. Anyone who visits the beach can grab a bag from a beach pavilion, clean the beach and return the bag filled with collected waste to the beach pavilion. In exchange you get a free coffee or ice cream. And the plastics you collect are turned into new products, right there at the beach, using a solar-powered oven. This is an easy replicate initiative, very effective in involving and sensitize the user of the beach about  plastic waste.

Land Life Company. They are an Amsterdam-based company with a great product – the Cocoon – which revolutionizes replanting efforts. The cocoon stores and slowly releases water to newly planted trees.  this planting technology enables trees and plants to grow in arid conditions, revitalizing ecosystems and communities.

I appreciate all these solutions only I am wondering, in particular referring to the last solution from Land life Company, where is the limit in the use of the technology helping to plant in not suitable condition?
When should people stop using technology to force land not suitable to produce food ? Is a still sustainable development if it changes the ecosystem of a place?

I have more questions than answer about that, but isn’t this an interesting topic to discuss about?
I am not sure if I will share my opinions about all these, but in any case I need to make more researches and see more cases.

Sailors for Sustainability #4 – Amsterdam (NLD) to Kiel (DEU) from Sailors for Sustainability

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