Posts Tagged environment

OQ11: Marian in 2011 (EN)

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 International hospitality communities like CouchSurfing and Warm Showers make it possible to travel cheaper and to meet people from other cultures in their homes, something that Irina’s friend Marian Voigt particularly appreciates. In this episode Irina talks to Marian about what made him quit his well-payed job in Germany and embark on biking trips in Sweden and Australia and how being on the road challenged him and helped his personal transformation.




Featured music track:

We close the episode with the song “Among the roads” by Clara Lindsjö. Clara is the winner of Rockkarusellen 2010 and represented the Nordic countries in Loop Station World Championship 2011.




Episode related links:

Award-winning a cappella ensemble from Sweden The Real Group, that inspired Marian take his first trip to Sweden in 2009.

WWOOF (WORLD WIDE OPPORTUNITIES ON ORGANIC FARMS)

Hörnodden – the farm on lake Mälaren in Sweden where Marian worked as a “wwoofer” in 2009.

On CouchSurfing

Hospitality site for touring cyclists Warmshowers.org

Find out more about Clara Lindsjö’s music at www.myspace.com/claralindsjo

Other related resources:

Interview on Here on Earth Radio Without Boarders with Robert Penn, author of the book “It´s all about the bike: The Persuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

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OQ08: Life eternal, Part 2 (EN)

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In the second part of the two-part conversation, Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak shares the ideas she had in mind when designing the  technology of promession.  She hopes that the method, that allows the dead body to become part of life again, will also contribute to how we in the West relate to death and dying.

Susanne then reflects on the importance of studying nature by being in nature, observing and listening to the ways it works. In the concluding part of the conversation Susanne talks about the growing support for promession outside Sweden’s borders, while the Swedish authorities have been stalling the decision that would allow Promessa to start providing the service. Individuals and groups of people from over 60 countries contacted Susanne and Peter and expressed their interest in promession.

Episode references:

Promessa Organic AB

Promessa in UK, Cambridge

Carl Linneus’ biography at the Swedish Museum of Natural History website

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OQ7: Life eternal, Part 1 (EN)

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This episode is the recording of Irina’s conversation with Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, biologist and founder of Promessa Organic, who was in Uppsala to participate in Uppsala Eco Fair.

Susanne started looking for ways to reduce the damage humans bring to the environment at the age of seventeen. In part 1 of this two-part conversation she shares about her path from composting the food remains and turning them into a well-smelling soil to the insight that humans, too, needed and could be included in nature’s cycle of life even after their death, which is impossible with the two currently predominant in the West burial methods. Susanne then talks about how this insight and her passion for gardening and composting combined with the engineering experience lead her to developing the technology of promession, an ecologically-conscious modern burial method, that more and more people in the West find appealing as it supports life even after our death.

Episode references:

Promessa Organic AB

Sky burial 

Zoroastrian burial (Tower of Silence)

Stiff : The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

(SWE)  Kroppens sällsamma liv efter döden : likets kulturhistoria av Mary Roach

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