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This year we went north for Christmas. To the town of Sundsvall in the middle of Sweden. With a population of 51 000, just shy of 100 000 in the whole municipal area I would describe it as a small town, but for Sweden it is a mid-size city. Although being a university city the population fluctuate considerable between semesters and school breaks.

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I don’t think there is much arguing that there is a lot of problems in the world.
We have wars, corruptions, a climate crisis, a monetary system that is failing all over the world, both USA and EU takes punch after punch waiting for the final knock.
It is clear we need changes and new thinking.
I am convinced I will see a lot of big changes in my lifetime, but the changes will not come from our generation. The shift to a more sustainable world will be brought on by our children.
In a world becoming smaller and the information flowing faster they will not just sit silent. Thanks to evolution every new generation are born more intelligent than the former I can promise you they will stand up and show their parents they can do what we couldn’t.

Never the less. We can’t sit back and let our children clean up our mess, we have to give them the best possible chances to succeed.
As adults we learned that people are different, but still we force our children to be the same, do the same, think the same. They must all fit in the same square hole even if they are triangles, hexagons or round.
We need an educational change, maybe even and educational revolution.

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Mexico is a country of opposites. I have spent the last summers in the middle of the country, in the city of Toluca, about 60 km (close to 40 miles) west of Mexico City. Going a few hours north it is dry land and all you see is brown, sunburned fields. Going a few hours south it is all green with an amazing vegetation.

Nowhere is the opposites of the country and the complexity of the Mexicans so clear as in the state of Tabasco.
Half of Mexico is geographically in the tropic, but Tabasco is the real tropic with rainforest , rivers and fertile soil. Step on a Papaya seed today and next year you have a blooming plant.
There is fruit growing in the wild everywhere, mango, papaya, cacao and all kind of citrus as orange, lime and lemon. Some fruits I have never seen before, like the colorful pitaya.

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For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.
~Tom McMillan

The year is coming to an end and it is time for a recap.
It has been yet another fun year full of adventures. But it has also been a year full of tragedies. Is it fair to say this was the year nature stroke back?
Of course there is terrible things happening all the time, but this many in one year? More than 260 000 fatalities, not counting the, more or less, man made disasters like mining or drilling. Compare it with 2009 with not even 11000 deaths by the natural disasters.
No, this year mother earth threw everything she had on us, earthquakes, volcanoes, rain with following landslide and flooding, heat and fire, and it looks like the year will end the same way it started with extreme cold and snow. Europe and North America are suffering from an extreme winter, in Sweden we set one new record after another regarding temperature and snow mass. Even Peru suffered from a severe cold this year although not as bad as the January storm causing The Urubamba river to swell destroying the home for 20 000 in the Cusco area.
It has been a lot to follow, I guess Haiti have escaped no one, on going all year one thing after another.

Soon after Chile was shaken by an earthquake. Flooding in Pakistan and Guatemala, even parts of southern Mexico was affected. South China had extreme heat and drought followed by heavy rain and, yes, flooding. This less than a month after the third big earthquake of the year shook the Chinese province Qinghai.
Also Russia had its drought and wildfire peaking on close to 7500 square kilometers (2900 square miles) and over 2000 homes were lost.
Iceland, recovering from a financial meltdown put its mark on the map with Eyjafjallajökull, luckily no one died, but not only did it ground air traffic all over Europe and across the Atlantic the already bleeding country got to see crops and livestock covered with volcanic ashes. In October a volcano in Indonesia unfortunately took close to 400 lives.
I could go on but I think I got my point through, it has been a lot this year.

I have set some kind of record myself this year, donating more money than I ever done before, in total. Primary reason, it was needed, but also because I like individuals doing stupid/weird/extreme things promoting their cause like this guy, Travis Kiefer.
And, to be honest, this year countries I visit and some friends have been suffering. It’s not that a flooding in Pakistan is not as bad as a flooding in Guatemala, but I have no relation to the country and can’t donate to everything. I choose my causes and really trying to make a difference instead of do a little for everyone.

Save the earth? I don’t know, it seems to take care of itself pretty good. Save the humans!

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