Earth - little sick.
Content:  Here and now  •   Cosmos, earth and air  •   Water - salt and fresh  •   Ecosystems and biodiversity  •  
            Mankind and environment  •   What can we do?  •   What if!  •   Green city plan  •   Send message    
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• Question: Why is this website and what is it good for?

• Answer: Here you will find information about our planet, us, ecosystems and the environment, but also some new ideas.
Because our Earth has a fever, here are also some green suggestions on how to get she feels better.
Do not forget that the earth do not need us -  but we can not manage without her.

Here and now.

Many important political issues were discussed before the Swedish parliamentary elections that concerned us, the economy and society. The most important is how we relate to our globe but unfortunately it did not seem so in the election results. Without a functional and healthy environment the other questions do not have such great value. No one want their home or neighborhood contaminated, poisoned or with junk all around. Therefore, we must all take responsibility for our planet - the only home we have.


Cosmos, Earth and Air.

It may seem strange that there is no other planet we can live on and of. There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on our entire globe. In our galaxy alone, The Milky Way, there are hundreds of billions of stars with probably at least one planet that revolves around each of them. Still, there is no other planet where we humans can live.

The fact that our planet is such a perfect place for us, is because we are created after the the conditions it provides and still gives us. Over billions of years life has adapted to the environment over and over again. The life that could not adapt fast enough went extict. The earth is unique. It is the only place for us.

Hemoglobin is a protein consisting of a combination of molecules, so-called amino acids. The hemoglobin is found in our red blood cells and transports oxygen to all parts of our body. The creating of a molecule as complex as those proteins is as unlikely as a tornado crossing a scrapyard and leaving behind a complete Jumbojet aircraft (according to astronomer Fred Hoyles).

50 miles (or 80.5 km) above sea level, NASA expects space to begin. The height limit for humans to living continuously is at 5500 meters. The human body may be able to adjust to a slightly higher height, but the blood will become viscous due to the increasing amount of red blood cells which makes other problems occur. Under the surface of the sea, there are problems as well.

On a normal-sized earth globe, these 5500 height meters equals only a little more than a tenth of a millimeter or one layer of color. Let us take care of our air.



Water  -  salt and fresh.

Sandsjön in Sandsjöbacka reservat. There is a lot of water on our planet, about 310 million cubic miles or 1.3 billion cubic kilometres. The water of the earth is an enclosed system and has existed for about 3.8 billion years since the earth was young.

Even though our bodies consist of two thirds of water, which in their proportions of salts and minerals are very similar to seawater, we can not drink sea water. It is deadly poisonous for us and for almost all animals and plants on land that are dependent on freshwater.

Only about 2.5% of all the earth's water is freshwater. Of that, about 87% are frozen in inland icebergs and glaciers, are deep in the ground or are inaccessible to us in other ways. What remains is a small fraction of all water and equals a layer of 8 meters around the entire planet or almost 500 cubic meters per person. We also need to take care of our water.
     Manufacturing a pair of jeans consumes 10 cubic meters of water, one kilogram of beef is about 15 cbm (1 cbm = 1000 liters).


Ecosystems and biodiversity.

  The different ecosystems of the Earth are important to us. The climate is regulated there, water purified and oxygen formed. Greenhouse gases and solar energy are being bound. Plants transform the rays of the sun, using nutrients in the soil and becomes food for animals. Animals and plants interact in ecosystems and every now and then, a new species arises.

Ecosystems are dependent on biodiversity and therefore must not be depleted. The risk is imminent if the habitat becomes too small or destroyed, if any important species goes extinct or if pollution and environmental hazards affects reproduction or nature.

Just because an animal or plant does not have a direct value for humans, that one species can be important for the environment or for other species and in a longer perspective play an important roll for us.

The world's leaders are committed to 17
global goals. Click on image and read ...

Read about Global Goals ...


Mankind and environment.

  All our environmental impacts; from cigarette ends on the ground and trash thrown out of car windows to chimneys and sewers that expire a lot of greenhouse gases and poisonings around the clock point at an incredible nonchalance, ignorance and short-term selfish thinking. We humans have no right to pollute and consume the earth's resources in a non-sustainable way. Nor do we have the right to devastate, hurt, kill or exterminate animals or people. It is sometimes talked about human rights. This is definitely not human rights.

Earth - land, water, air and all living creatures - must be handled with respect, love and care. Just the same way as a dear friend, mate or someone who matters a lot. It is our duty as humans to care for our environment and future. But it is not enough to create awareness and knowledge of the problems. It must be understood by everyone and complied with.

Let our children and future generations to be proud of our new responsible lifestyle. Where else do we end up?
Monkey development.


What can we do?

I'm just wondering ...

Everyhting you do for the environment is important and matters. To be aware of the environmental issues and
take action for the future is a lifestyle to be proud of. Tell all your friends. More and more people will care
and take action eventually. The more people who cares the better our environment will become.
Here follows a few leads:

Green suggestions! How to do and why!
• Consume less meat. Meat production is a huge waste of resources and is not environmentally sustainable. The amount of meat we eat nowadays makes many people sick. Keep in mind, if you choose non-ecological meat, it is more resource intensive because chemical fertilizer is produced using fossil fuels. It is also about the animal's living conditions. Vegetarian food is a smart choice.
• Choose organic food. To choose ecological and / or locally produced food and other products contributes to saved resources and a better environment. That the ekological food is more healthy and usually tastes better, is no disadvantage.
• Save water and electricity. Not wasting resources is always positive. Save hot water by bathing more rarely and / or take the shower more smart. Turn off the water while shampooing your hair and body. Lower the indoor temperature. It is important to have environmental thinking in all situations.
• Minimize the garbage. Get a compost if you do not already have one. There you can throw everything biodegradable; inedible junk from fruit & vegetables, meat or fish residue from cooking, coffee grounds and so on. But not food. No food should be thrown because it has gone bad. Most of us have freezers and the grocery store so close that fresh food does not need to get bad. Is there a risk anyway? Make something yummy and freeze it. Also, keep in mind that medicines are not to be thrown into the garbage. Leave them at the pharmacy.
• Things and stuff. Things that are workable but too hard to sell - leave to second hand or the like. If stuff is broken, try to fix before you leaves for recycling. Many times it's simple faults.
• Stress less. Plan your cases and goals. Make at least two cases at the same time. With a little planning, no matter or problem needs to be solved directly or spontaneously. The positive is that you will got time left. Even the environment will be happy.
• Small cases or purchases. Why not make small purchases or other errands on foot or by bicycle. You get a nice daily exercise at the same time. Just put on the backpack!
• Take a car free day. Leave the car at least one day a week. Go by public transport or by bicycle. Cycling with others to work just gets more popular.
• Skip the gym. Do your physical training alone or in groups in your home environment and save some time. Add some workout in front of the TV, for example. What could be more wrong than taking the car to the gym?


What if!

It's easy to get stuck in old thinking. Either it's a way of working, thoughts or anything else, it may have reached its best before date a long time ago. Here are some topics that can be considered controversial.

• Ecological products must always be cheaper than non ecological.

Why are ecologic products more expensive? They should always be cheaper than products which harm the environment more and is bad for our health. Change must take place. Maybe with new legal requirements if needed.

• Contributions for driving to work are outdated. Much car driving should be charged.

Why are long work journeys subsidized? Because of the environment, we should drive our car less. Long trips and a lot of driving need to cost more. Maybe you can get a job closer to home. Replace subsidies for a fee.

Go by car is a lot about time and money. What average speed can you go with in queues, roundabouts and over speedbumps? How much time do you spend on and in the car?
A big item is the costs, personal and for society, direct and indirect for injuries, invalidity and death. What is the real cost of cars and traffic?

Fact: The average distance for a swedish car over a year is a little more than 12000 kilometres.
This means, in just over three years the car has completed a distance which corresponds to a lap around the globe. Often only in the neighborhood and often only with the driver in the car. Could it make sense?

• Let all modes of transport have the same conditions.

Emissions from the swedes air travel are now about the same amount as from all Sweden's cars. From 1 April we have a flight tax of 60-400 SEK on trips starting in Sweden. Read the law (in swedish): Lag (2017:1200) om skatt på flygresor. But why should airlines and ships benefit from tax exemption from energy and carbon dioxide and not have the same taxes on fuel as our cars? It is currently about 60% of the price. The electricity, even to our homes, include these taxes.

Fact: In an international agreement of 1944 (with how much environmental concern at that time?) it was decided that flights should be promoted and therefore excluded from fuel or carbon dioxide taxes.

The new tax is one step in the right direction. But more needs to be done to get the environmentally friendly train competitive. Still, the environment is paying too much of the airline's emissions. Let's show the way with a responsible environmental thinking by letting nationally flights pay energy and carbon tax. Others will follow and in the future, international flights will also pay their costs.

• New city planning with environmental focus (image below).

Almost all cities and villages have lots of asphalted areas for traffic. Roads, intersections and parking spaces should not be in a modern green urban environment. The future city's main vehicle is bicycle.

In our future city, all transports will be transported to the city´s distribution center on the outskirts of the city. Nearby there is a parking space for your own vehicle, a bus terminal etc, maybe underground. From there goods are environmentally friendly transported by electric vehicle or bicycle, to shops, offices, homes etc.

All your own transport of goods or things in the city is done by foot or by bicycle. Package bicycle is available for free. Bigger transport you can order from the distribution center. Perhaps to the central garage on the outskirts of the city for further transport with own vehicle. A number of free transports to and from home per year would be reasonable.

   • Note that the color fields for properties describe approximate areas for houses and are therefore no house bodies!

Future cityplan

In the ideal city, as we see it, you walk or bicycle to work, kindergarten, school, shops, health care, recreation in nature and so on. Close to most things can not be much greener.

In the urban environment there should be no way for vehicles, just for walking and cycling. Therefore, children can go to school on their own without the risk of accidents. Around the city there must be a "ring road" for ambulance and rescue services which also can be used for transportation of goods and things. Perhaps transports can also be done underground in culverts.

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Traxsports environmental team updated 2018-11-19.