"I have sailed all my life and my children grew up sailing. They learned to love the sea, the islands, and nature. Things we all took for granted back then, but that are being seriously threatened today. I make these journeys for them and for their children to come. My point is sincere and pretty obvious: My generation owe it to them to fundamentally change our lifestyles into smarter ones. Now. And no matter the cost."
Bjorn Bertoft, Skipper
SAILING FOR CHANGE – 100% SUN, WIND, WATER.
We want to inspire sailors and boat people in general to choose more sustainable lifestyle alternatives. We believe in the power of taking action by ourselves rather than waiting for others to fix it. We also believe in sharing good examples with anybody who wants to listen.
Boat people are unfortunately heavy users of fossil fuel. Even wind loving sailors. We sail out to remote and sensitive islands, longing for silence and peaceful sunsets. Well out there, and by mere habit, we start our engines and poor out CO2 into the atmosphere in order to charge our batteries... for cooler drinks and more tv-time onboard. Bad idea.
Packaging, food , cleaning and handling of waste are other areas where boat people have difficulties changing habits and lifestyles. It is not easy to find non-packaged food, space is limited for storing waste and what to do with biodegradable waste? Just throw it overboard? Even if that has been an approved method over the years, we know now more than well that it is a bad idea.
WE'RE ALL SITTING IN THE SAME BOAT
Yes, humanity is at risk. Back in 2015 we had 196 countries’ Heads of State signing an agreement: The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal Agenda. It contains 17 goals necessary for us human beings to reach if we want to continue to live our lives on planet Earth.
The United Nations Secretary General at the time, Ban Khi-Moon, called it “Humanity’s most important to-do-list”. A few months later the same world leaders signed the Paris Agreement.
It's a great start, but it is not only up to them to fix it. We all need to think harder, step up and take action. Now.
"HUMANITY'S MOST IMPORTANT TO-DO-LIST – WELL SAID BY BAN, THE UN GS IN 2015.
THE WORLD LEADERS ALSO SIGNED A CLIMATE AGREEMENT IN PARIS 2015.
IMPOSSIBLE IS NOT A FACT,
IT IS AN OPINION.
I am an optimistic Agenda 2030 evangelist, believing in "we can do it". I am trying hard to get the word out: Hey folks, lets change our lifestyles now and have some fun while doing it.
Some people say we can't do it. Some use fear to persuade others into change, some use inspiration to reach the same goal. I'm a sucker for inspiration and good examples. I thought, why not take my sailboat and go out there and meet with people online and face-to-face to promote these important messages? Why don't I make more global sense by investing in a fossil fuel-free electric drive and spend the summer sailing on 100% sun, wind and water around Scandinavia as a climate statement? And why don't I add a zero-waste ambition and solar food cooking on the lifestyle menu? How hard can it be to show that it is possible?
Yeay, let's just do it! For the sake of the generations to come...and have fun while doing it of course.
And here we are. Soon getting ready to take off again... I sincerely hope that we'll meet out there:-)