The shorter days and cooler air can only mean one thing - summer is ending !
There is something about this transition that I always liked. This is the transition into new things - a new school or university year for the younger but also for the older amongst us , new seasons, new hopes , new dreams . This is the year where we will get into better routines , do something good for us etc etc
Of course , this is also the season of shiny new clothes in the shop window. The season where the idea of buying a soft wooly jumper makes us feel cozy inside, and look at this year new color. New fashion trends are shown on mankins, this year ‘new’ colour. It is tempting, but let me tell you a secret : there is no ‘new fashion’- and everything eventually repeats itself. From skinny to bootcut jeans, they go onto a cycle! Same for colours, as much as I love colours I think it is not possible to have new ones anymore.
Do you understand where I am going with this ?
If you are following any news you may be aware of the recent wildfires that have broken out in the Amazon and are burning the forest at an unprecedented rate, so devastating that have been considered as an international emergency.
To put it on Greta Thunberg terms: our house is on fire
Those who know me,know that I am quite an eclectic person. There is relatively little that I don’t like and while I am truly a scientist from the inside out, I have grown up around beauty, magnificent architecture and art in many of its forms. And is no secret that I love colours, and paint shops and art exhibitions. But now, more than in any other period of my life I have started to understand and appreciate art as an optimal way to convey a message.
I just started up reading a new book
‘Darwin comes to town: how the urban jungle drives evolution)
This week I have been in Lisbon! And no, not only to get a nice break in this beautiful city, but also to attend the "European Ecological Federation" annual meeting. I have to say it was a very interesting, thought sparking and productive meeting. The theme chosen, "Embedding Ecology into Sustainable Development Goals" was not only very timely but was also followed very well throughout, with all plenaries, symposia and parallel sessions falling back on the theme somehow. And I'd like to mention that I was so impressed that also everything related to the conference, from the delegates bag, the food and the waste management, fell back into this sustainability theme.
But you may wonder: What are these sustainable development goals??
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