Food waste is an issue that we can’t just ignore.
It’s not just a pity to throw away food, but it it’s an act of ignorance, egoism, and self-destruction.
We often forget that huge resources are used to produce food: from production to the consumer, almost the half of it gets thrown away.
We should remember that there are people which can’t afford even to buy enough food; in Copenhagen, there is a graffiti stating: “someone’s trash, is someone’s else treasure”.
I had the chance to volunteer with and discuss with some of the activists which started Foodsharing Copenhagen
To fight food waste, a movement called Foodsharing started first in Germany, where it is now well-established.
Since about one year it started in Denmark, where it conquered Copenhagen.
Foodsharing Copenhagen was, in the beginning, a really small project, a grassroots initiative.
Thanks to the help of many volunteers, among which there was the great people of Floating City and the legendary Francois—who arranged many agreements with food donors—, it became a well structured non-profit movement with almost 10.000 followers on their Facebook page.
By the way, if you don’t know what Foodsharing is, well, it’s simple: there are weekly events where people can share their food or take food that they need.
Food waste is something that should not happen. Not just because it’s a pity to waste that money, but because growing food pollutes, using precious resources and the effects are worldwide. We also can’t accept that in a society there are persons with not enough means to buy food, while others put good food in the garbage.
If you want to collaborate in this project in Copenhagen, please have a look on:
ANCIENT COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL NETWORKS
We all think that social community and sharing economy are modern concepts,it is actually not true at all. Since ancient times human community have used developed sharing systems such as give free accommodation to each other and exchange of goods. One main example it’s the hospitality traditions, which always supported helping each other and sharing.
SEARCHING FOR ALIENS
We search, explore and go around the universe to search for other forms of life, but still, we didn’t manage to live in harmony with life we have on earth.
Hopefully, we will meet aliens just when we learned how to live with each other as humans.
TECHNOLOGY VS NATURE
How to know when tech is going against nature?
Well, one easy attitude would be to use technology to better understand and follow nature’s rules.
NOTHING TO FIGHT FOR
If your grandparents fought for your rights, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to fight for the rights of your children.
If there is food in your dish, it does not mean that there is no hunger in the world.
CycloNudista is coming soon!
Get rid of your materialistic possessions and jump on a bicycle with us!
Last event was spectacular, I remember a beautiful situation that made me so proud of being a CycloNudista: a big luxurious car—that may have costed as much as a house—stopped next to us and the driver, astonished, started to take pictures of us. I didn’t feel honored of course, but I felt the power of the simplicity. This to remember that our body is more shining than a supercar.
As human we love to own things, we challenge each other to whom is owning the most and we pass ownership to our offspring. With this system of accumulating and restrict resources into casts we have often huge social and wealth differences. I think this causes the main problems of our society.
Bicycles are equalizing us in a certain way. Being naked too.
NAKED AGAINST CAPITALISM – PRO NATURE’S PROPERTY SYSTEM
Being on a bicycle make us more humble and down to earth, a bit more like animals…
The main points of CycloNudista are of course to Protest against the oil and car culture, celebrating bicycles.
While cycling naked I was thinking about how Animals also have some ‘property’ rules,which we ignore, but they are actually much more fair, sustainable and efficient than ours. For example, we kill or arm bears, or other ‘dangerous’ animals in forests, just because we don’t understand about their territories rules.
One of the simplest, and smartest at the same time, system for animals to define territory and ownership is urine, it seems something of little importance, but actually is a really smart practice.
You urinate just when you are alive, that means that from the moment you die, you have automatically no possession.
I don’t suggest you to pee on your belongings, this was just an inner thought I had making a parallel between human and animal systems. This was just a parallel between humans and animals.
WE WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE AND CELEBRATE
Cycling, is not just nice because you are in contact with nature, get healthier and more spiritual, but also helps us appreciate simple things and the fact that we are independent.
We don’t pretend to save the world by having a naked ride around the city, but we do pretend to send a worldwide message asking more bikes and less cars.
CycloNudista is a way to get back on our roots, to be a bit more natural, at least for a day 😉
JOIN THE EVENT!
CycloNudista main page:
Do you know how many boats are on the water right now?
Many more than you can imagine…
Do you know that each of those boats, small or big, is polluting a lot just by running the engines? Many of them use ocean dumping as regular practice to get rid of sludge and other nasty -often toxic- waste.
Did you know?
If you didn’t know, well, now you can read it, I will give you some evidence as well.
With a degree in Nautical Studies for Captains, five years of study plus practical training, graduating with the title of “Engine Cadet”, I have been working on a dozen of boats and I discovered many facts which would shock anyone with a minimum of ethical values.
After witnessing ocean dumping on boats where I was working: “Grimaldi Group Napoli” and “Navigazione due Golfi spa” , I knocked at the door of Greenpeace (Antwerp, Belgium) in order to let them know and find out what would have been possible to do. Unfortunately I was not heard by Greenpeace.
Successively I ask support to an italian lawyer (Gerardo Iorlano) which seem to be willing to help, but actually he never starts any procedure.
To be strange
People is afraid of what they don’t understand. Often the simplest things are not understood.
On a boat, while other members of the crew are obeying orders to dispose highly polluting waste in the sea, I am the strange person, I am odd because I don’t do it.
Being strange means simply not to comply with the majority, but when the majority is doing evil, do you want to be normal or strange?
People following, people leading
Often I angrily ask myself how is possible that the most persons just follow trends, mode and attitude of others…
Why can’t anyone create his own life?
Well, the answer I have found is that we, are supposed to be like that, if there would be more leaders than followers it would not work out. Following other’s way of being is also a conservative natural protection we have, to avoid getting in situations that could harm us…
Unfortunately, in the maritime sector, the leading figures are not always the best example to follow, while the followers – the crew – does not use any common sense obeying even criminal orders…
The fun of curiosity
I mostly start to do things for fun, because I think that I would enjoy the situations where I end up in circumstances which I would never have expected.
The most peculiar fact is, that I often discovered the ‘real meaning’ of my presence, in a certain situation, just at the end of the events, or later. The ‘real meaning’ that I discover, turns out to become much different that the reason why I started to do a certain thing, that ‘real meaning’ becames my purpose, which I was not aware of initially.
Working on boats for about three years, and in the harbour afterwards, made me having tasks which maybe didn’t fit at all with my desire, but, I have learned and discovered things that would have been for me impossible to know otherwise.
Each of us has his level of superficiality, some people pollute while not even thinking about it, they may recognize it or not as devastating practice, often they do it, not just because they have no values nor ethics, but because of their superficiality.
I was thinking about my own superficiality, it seems strange, I don’t repute myself to be superficial, but still:
– I don’t want to live in The Netherlands cause I don’t like the way dutch is spoken there
– I don’t enjoy really much finnish architecture
I do choose a country where I live in also based on those two things: architecture and language, which could be considered as superficial by someone.
Movies & Reality, the opposite of each other
Almost all the things that are fascinating and thrilling in videos or movies, are horrible in reality: war, killings, homelessness, catastrophes…
Romanticizing the worst
Boats accidents, Homelessness, soldiers, survival situations and even mafia.
Does it seems to be funny, exotic, nice, charming or disgusting to you?
Paradoxically enough, we tend to romanticize all the worst possible situations, attitudes or jobs.
Maybe it’s a kind of play-down that we automatically set up in order to relieve ourself from harsh reality.
We are bombarded with videos showing us how beautiful boats are, and consequently, we all love to go for a cruise-boat trip.
Boats are actually highly disturbing the life, ecosystem and natural balance of aquatic environments. In fact, just the presence of any floating structure, alters small and big marine settings. The most people is not even aware of this.
We like to have the ‘freedom’ to do whatever we want and we often misuse that ‘freedom’. For sure in highly industrialized and economically developed countries.
Freedom to travel should not be equal to freedom to pollute without reason, taking an airplane or a boat, just because the ticket was so cheap, it’s an example of misuse.
One wants the freedom to “own” a dog
The dog has no freedom to choose,
Others have no freedom to walk in a park without shoes to become brown.
One wants the freedom to smoke
Others have no freedom to breath clean air,
No freedom to have no cancer,
No freedom to have clean streets.
One ask for freedom to listen loud music
Others have no freedom to quietness,
No freedom to choose what to listen.
One wants to have the freedom to consume and pollute as much as wished,
The fish has no freedom to be free from plastic in his environment,
Other people have no freedom to swim because of the contamination.
Behind any freedom, there is a non-freedom.
Recycling in Denmark, Find what you need, when you need, if you need
I just lost my socks from the window, I go in the night for a bicycle ride, I find nearly new socks right away.
I am with no sheets nor blankets, I need some, I notice on google map a place called “consignment shop”, in Copenhagen and I save it on my map.
After few days I get lost, I look on the map of my smartphone and I notice I am nearby the place I starred previously as “consignment shop”. Not just I find sheets and blankets, but pillows too. The only missing are pillowcases, but I just spotted some white t-shirt that can serve as it.
There are a lot of places in Denmark called “genbrugsstation”, containers park / consignment shops, where you can dispose the garbage and exchange items in a dedicated space, “the free shop”.
Nature & Sharing
Sharing and get benefit from each other is everything but new. With the boom of the sharing economy we all see how much beneficial sharing goods or services can be, Nature does it all the time.
In nature it’s practically impossible for one individual to use more resources that what he is supposed to, just we, as capitalistic artificial humans, have created a vicious circle that puts inequality, and related pollution, at the first place.
Let’s say you want to have food and water, if you eat a watermelon you get them both, in exchange you will spread around the seeds of the plant, giving a favor back, this is so implicit to nature that you don’t even notice you are helping the plant by eating the fruit…
Technology vs Nature
How to know when tech is going against nature?
Well, one easy attitude would be to use technology to better understand and follow nature’s rules.
Expensive things kill you
It’s quite paradoxical that expensive things are in many cases not good, while free, or inexpensive stuff, is making us live longer :
The most expensive things
– Drugs – they kill you
– Cars & vehicles in general (boats included) – statistically kill more than any war
– Plastic surgery – you get also psychological problems from it
While free things are so healthy
– Water – the most healthy drink
– Fruit – the best food
– Fasting – once a month or a week it purifies the body
I am changing, I changed, I did so many changes that if I change more I become like I was in the beginning.
Why Camping, nature and wildlife are beneficial
Doing wilde ‘uncomfortable’ life, is not just nice to be in contact with nature, get healthier, more spiritual, down to earth and rewild ourself, but also helps us appreciate the commodities we have in everyday life like water, electricity and other luxuries…
The ‘Floating City’ and the childhood
In Copenhagen there is a magic place, one of the few boats that does not pollute at all: The floating city.
It’s a self organized space, where many activities take place regarding recycling and reusing.
They even builded up by them-self boats with recycled materials. I had the pleasure to meet them and stay on the recycled catamaran for short.
When I was a kid, I use to play with a group of other kids in building up a mini villages, constructing small combs with wood and spending a lot of time in that projects. There, at the floating city the same is happening, bringing my feelings to my childhood.
Just with more tools.
Humans vs Animals
who is the smartest animal?
Are chickens stupid?
We may say that chickens are stupid because we have the technology to measure their brain size…
But, are we sure we are smarter than chickens?
If we see how many things we have destructed on this planet, well, chickens are smarter than us because they didn’t damage at all.
We could discuss endless about how smart we are boosting humans above other animal spieces, we can say we have the most developed brain and we won the challenge to dominate nature…
But if we take into account that we are the only animal contaminating air, water and soil, the essential to live, what else should we talk about?
One of the other differences between humans and other animals is that humans have the peculiarity to kill other of their own specie with madness.
Let’s do our natural bicycle tour in Denmark
The most extravagant Many-FIEST-Action of the year!
To protest against INDECENT exposure to cars and pollution!
Celebrating Cycling, Nature, Human body, simplicity and freedom of being
The concept is simple: we do once a year (on 12 june) a bicycle tour around the city, to get the city back from big motorized vehicles, shout against pollution, cars and hypocritical prudery.
FRIDAY 12 June 2015 – 18.00
Amagerfælled park – Copenhagen, Denmark
the main “official” reasons/requests are two:
1) The ride is a manifestation against car culture and oil dependency
2) Nudity is not enforced. The decision to go naked belongs entirely up to the
participants. It is up to individual participants to decide how much nudity
they are comfortable with.
But the reason YOU do it may be infinite:
You love bicycles,
you love your city,
you want noiseless mean of transport,
you don’t want big and fast vehicles in the city,
you don’t like the oil industry
you want to sensibilize drivers to mind the bikes
…and because you may be an exhibitionst!
Next to DR Byen St. (Metro)
20.00 – DEPARTURE
It will be exactly at 20.00!
22.00 – End of the tour:
The event will end after few hours, but you are welcome to stay with the group and have picnic.
The tour ends back in Amagerfælled Park.
What to bring:
– Bicycle (another green mean of transport or good legs to run!) ,
– A smile on your face,
– Any decoration that you find appropriate,
– Body painting material,
– Music instruments to play,
– A camera to record some pictures/videos,
– Body decoration colors,
– Drinks and food to share if you wish.
Of course you are free to join/leave whenever you want and nudism is not mandatory.
…Where it all began
On June 12th 2004 cyclists in 29 cities across the world
took to the streets of the world, mostly wearing nothing more than a cheeky smile.
It was not only a huge success, but also a huge surprise, neither the media or the police actually thought that it would happen.
This was the worlds first international naked bike ride. Since then it has spread
to 70 cities around the world with thousands of participants.
So how is it organized ?
Well the first thing to know is that it does not have any leaders,
hierarchies or even any bureaucracy. It is an event that belongs entirely to its
participants. You are not only invited to to participate in this event, but also
to take ownership of it.
If you would like to help us make this year’s ride an even bigger success than
Start telling and inviting as many of your friends as possible to join. Info for how to join existing rides is at: http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?title=Joining_a_ride
Organize a screening of the documentary film ‘Indecent Exposure To Cars’http://worldnakedbikeride.org/movie/movie.htm
Info about Cyclonudista:
I am already starting to promote the new Cyclonudista event, even if I will not be there that time.
I am sure that the Manifiesta will be great!
Naked we are equal, or almost.
On Ilta-sanomat (a finnish newspaper) they are quite criticizing the ride:
After they interviewed me I still have something to say, maybe even more important than what I said in the interview (cause during an interview you don’t always have much time to think about what to say).
This event has two big messages (at least for me):
1) PROMOTING CYCLING (and similar transportation means):
A bicycle is:
Social (you have the chance to communicate with people next to you if you cycle)
Mark of independency Makes the cycler feeling satisfacted of himself being able to move with “his legs”,
Challenging you to repair it yourself feeling even more proud of yourself,
Natural (keeps you in contact with the earth),
Panoramic: it makes you admire the view you have around,
Sincere and transparent (cause you can’t hide yourself),
Makes you look younger (study from Stanford University),
Increase your brain power (Research of Illinois University),
Sportive (Low-impact type of exercise),
Easy to park,
Making you feel traveling (you see where you are, and discover slowly places),
Making you Breathing good air (when you are between the trees),
Setting you on a higher point of view than in a car,
Flexible to stop where you want,
Making you go wherever you want,
Allowing you to listen audio-books or music during the trip = learning,
… Even more reasons here:
While big motorized vehicle (such as cars) are:
arrogantly invading the city,
making pedestrians and cyclers wait long time at the traffic light breathing gasoline,
Covering the beauty of architecture and landscape,
under the capitalist monopoly of politics and economy,
Making social discrimination,
Expensive (to drive and to maintain)
Support the oil industry,
Slow, (cars go in average 14 km/h in the cities),
Make traffic congestion,
Anti-social (cause you lock yourself in the car, you are kind of alienated),
Hard to park (there is often no space to park),
2) NAKED = EULOGY TO SIMPLICITY AND FREEDOM, AS OUR PLANET
Simplicity (you no need much to feel good),
Love for your body = love for yourself = love for humans
Freedom to show yourself,
Freedom to not have anything with you,
Refusing all accessories that this society continuously propose us,
Showing how delicate you are,
Naked you are equal to anybody else,
You are not hiding behind masks,
In this article it looks like that the police come to stop us or to argue. Is not true, actually I notified in advance to the police that we were about to do this protest and they were there to block the traffic and give us the right of manifesting.
Kids have no problems with nudity, adults are the ones that teach them (wrongly) that nudity is a bad thing, kids grow up with this uncomfort for their body cause adults continuously told them that they have to cover them self all the time.
Is not in my intention to offend or irritate people by being naked, I am not asking (directly) that we should all go around naked, but I ask to be listened, I would like that people realize that simple naturalistic nudity (which appears as a bad thing) is not harming anyone, while pollution, over-consuming and waste is destroying us, we can’t eat from trees cause they are polluted, we can’t drink from rivers cause they are contaminated, we can’t breath in cities (and soon also outside cities) because air is full of particulates.
We no need to be scientists to understand this, just take a deep breath in middle of the traffic jam and see how you feel.
In this article they talk about my sleeping place (the forest), the article is quite spiced up and on the pictures I look like a refugee.
Want to know the “interpreted” things that I said? :
There it looks like the only reason why I sleep in the forest is because I don’t want (or can’t) pay a rent in Helsinki, which is not the reason, but of course one more benefit of sleeping in the forest.
Is not the high cost of housing that driven me to sleep in the forest, I do it cause I love the nature, and trees.
Also I didn’t say the forest is my house, I said my house is where I am.
When I said: “People do not believe me when I tell that I sleep outdoors. They provide immediate assistance and
Of course the fact stays that in Finland (for sure in the center of Helsinki) prices for housing are quite high and people that can’t afford a place have big problems during the winter.
I wanted to comment on the website but they quite censured me, my comment never showed up.
I aslo contacted them afterwards but I received no answer.
conclusion: never trust the mass media, get your information by yourself.
A pessimist is an bad informed optimist.
For a pessimist this is trash, for me is food.
Supermarkets trash about the half of what they sell, they could sell it last minute for much lower prices or give it to charity organizations and get some governmental benefit, but nobody cares.
We should do something against this.
There is not such a right to trash, to make food, and things, there have been used resources, work, energy with the relative pollution.
Nobody has the right to indiscriminately waste stuff.
Froodly is great answer to food waste.