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Edgar’s Blog: global perspective

Do you have a global perspective?

Last April the world population reached the 7.5 billion people. These people are spread out over 195 countries and 510 billion square kilometers. Which comes down to 68 square kilometers per person, yet moste of use live on 68 square meters. Of course it doesn’t make sense to own so much land, water or ice. But what does matter is going out of your living space! How can you have a global perspective if you haven’t seen a lot of the world?

All 7.5 billion of you humans are stuck on this round globe called earth, why not explore the most of it! Exploring the world is one of the most valued things to do. As a turtle, travelling is in my nature, from the moment I was born. I was born on a gorgeous white beach with clear blue water. I waddled across this beautiful beach and dove in the first big wave that rolled on the beach. After been flushed back on the sand a few times I finely made it in to deeper water. Together with my brothers and sisters we swam into the ocean. While they went back to their birthplace I decided to explore more of the world. Countries like Sri Lanka, China, Japan and America were amazing but I was most intrigued by Rotterdam. Those huge buildings along the river with so many people cycling along and over water was just bizar.

Travelling really gave me a different perspective on the world. Everywhere I came people were nice and friendly. Like it was one big family, I suppose you are. Seeing so many different cultures, landscapes and climates makes you appreciate the small things in life. It might be tempting to visit the other side of the world but I learned that there are also beautiful places nearby. In China I saw European people, in Europe Chinees, In Sri Lanka Chinees and European and in America people from all around the world. Funny how this works, the grass is always greener on the other side right? If you travel all over the world you should definitely do so. If you can’t, remember that there are people travelling from all over the world to look at those beautiful tulip fields you see every day while going to work.

Summer tea

Edgar’s Blog: Summer vibes!

21st  of June! Aka start of summer!

On this day the sun will be up for the longest number of  hours possible in one day. Almost 17 hours of daylight and maybe even more depending on your latitude. Summer always makes me very happy. Personally I think it’s the most social season of the year. Catching up with friends and spending the late balmy evenings outside enjoying drinks on a cafe terrace. I love it!

At this time of year my  bucket list gets a lot longer. Here are a few things I most def recommend to do this summer.

  • Sailing! Rent a small boat and enjoy the calmness of the water. Cruise along in the canals of Amsterdam with friend and a small BBQ. Or perhaps take a sailboat and be surrounded by wind, water and sunshine.
  • Go work outside! Be creative find new ideas in the great outdoors. All those phone calls or emails can wait a few hours, save them and hit the terrace. Pick a sunny spot instead of a boring restaurant for that important meeting. Is your laptop practically your office? Get your sandals, and sunglasses and go outside to work. Believe me you will do more work than you’ve imagined and that’s not including the extra inspiration and regeneration. Tip: http://www.wamsterdam.com/Wlounge A new hotel in Amsterdam with a rooftop pool! You can also enter the lounge just for drinks and have a swim.
  • Beach! Go to the beach. It sounds a bit like a cliché , it’s so sandy and crowded…. But hey most pubs are more crowded and then you don’t mind. The best way for me to enjoy the beach is when people leave. Leave the office with colleagues and head for the beach on ordinary weekday. When you arrive most people have gone home. Fire up the BBQ, grill up and sip (long Island) Ice tea.
  • Extreme sports! Go extreme and try out a new sport that you might never have dared to do. Wake boarding, surfing, paragliding, base jumping. Most of these sports are a lot more fun in warm and sunny weather.
  • Weekend trips! Last minute deals, train tickets, hotel discounts almost everything is cheaper at this time of the year. Just google for good deals. A weekend in a different city can feel like a short holiday. Go on an adventure!

So these are just a few things I will be doing this summer. Let me know what you are doing and hashtag it with Edgar! #WithEdgar #BBQ #withEdgar, @Beach #withEdgar #sailing #withEdgar etc.

I have a special summer item for you > The inflatable turtle

Rain drops on plant

Edgar’s blog: rain, rain, rain, rain

Don’t mention the rain.

Rain, rain, rain, rain. The last few days in northern Europe have seen their fair share of rain. When I wake up and look out of the window in the mornings one of my first thoughts is “I wonder if it is raining today?” and that somehow affects my mood. Rain makes me gloomy and sunshine makes me happy. How stupid of me to be affected by something that I can’t influence, the weather.  Walking to work this morning I noticed the younger children. They sit happily on their parents’ bikes to be dropped off at nursery, raindrops in their little faces and on their heads, they don’t seem to mind. Then we have the slightly older children who just love to look for the puddles and jump in them. Great fun I remember. When did I loose the love for rain I wonder?

Recently I was visiting one of my friends in Africa. We were sat in his mum’s house enjoying a cup of tea when there was a knock at the door.  My friend went to answer the door and a conversation ensued.  My friend left the house and returned about 15 minutes later.

On his return I asked him where he had been. He told me that when he opened the door two small children were stood in front of him, one child was 7 years old and the other was 4 years old.  It transpired that the children had been walking for 5 hours that morning to try and find some water to drink and to take back for their mother and family.  They were carrying two plastic gallon containers.  My friend’s family have a water tank so their water situation was not yet life threatening. He gave the children some water and arranged for them to get a lift home.  I was shocked and sad. I asked my friend if this was an unusual situation. He assured me with the current drought it was a common situation.  People knock on his door daily asking for water and while he has it, he gives it. One day he knows his water will run out and ……then?

I asked him what may help him and his neighbours. A better water infrastructure but the chances the authorities can arrange that are very slim indeed.

We talked further and explored more possibilities. We finally came up with a plan to drill a well. On my return home I raised the funds for the well and we got to work building it.

Since installation of the well the water has been flowing and there are not yet any signs that the well is drying up. It could, you just don’t know, from one day to the next. Like living on a knife edge. So until that day my friend and a his neighbours at least have the most essential thing to life….water.

Sat at my desk this morning  the telephone rings, a friend from Pakistan. He tells me that the heat  there is unbearable and he is longing for rain. It is so hot that the children have stopped for their summer holidays. earlier than planned It is just too hot for them to go to school. Grave diggers have already stated digging extra graves. With the higher temperatures more people are expected to expire with heat exhaustion.

Temperatures in India are breaking through to new records. They too are dreaming of rain.

I turn and open my email to a link from a friend regarding the floods in Sri Lanka.  Floods and landslides, water everywhere. Dramatic, horrific and heartrending, just imagine that you are caught up in something like that. It does not bear thinking about.

So here I am,  I started today by complaining about the rain. I am sorry. I will try and remember the next time I wake up and the rainy weather makes me sad that someone, somewhere in the world, wants just what we have. We need it all, rain, sunshine and something in between.

Spare a thought or deed for those peeps who are suffering extreme weather.

Cheers Edgar.

turtle-struggle

Edgar’s blog: Save turtles from the nets

Turtles die every year when accidentally caught in fishing nets

My relatives have covered vast distances across the world’s oceans, filling a vital role in the balance of marine habitats for more than 100 million years.

Hundreds of thousands of turtles are accidentally caught and die in fishing gear every year

Many of these injuries and deaths take place while my friends are migrating through fishing areas. The turtles, attracted to the bait, get caught on the hooks used to catch fish.

While all sea turtles are affected by commercial fisheries. Loggerheads and leatherbacks have the greatest risk because of their feeding habitats.

Watch the video to see just what I am talking about.

How can you help?

  1. Pledge to buy seafood that’s certified as being sustainable and urge stores and restaurants to carry certified fish.
  2. Support Marine Eco Tourism when you are on holiday. Just like our Friends at Kosgoda in Sri Lanka.
  3. Make a good buy when travelling.Think twice and ask at least a few questions before buying that tortoiseshell souvenir, coral jewelery or snakeskin belt.

Interesting links: WWF

Watch this video I shared on Facebook.

Cheers Edgar

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Edgar’s blog: Let’s work together and save turtles (2)

Edgar’s products now available at the Kosgoda Turtle Care Centre.

Not to be missed, my products are on sale at the Kosgoda Turtle care centre. Drop in, watch the turtles and buy some products to support the good work they are doing for my sort.

I just love these humans. Remember whenever you buy my products and want to support this great cause just type in “Kosgoda” by the purchase coupon and I will send my friends a donation on your behalf.

Cheers Edgar

Baby green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming away from the beach.  An endangered species.  Maldives

Edgar’s blog: Let’s work together and save turtles

Hi Peeps,

Just got back from a fantastic biz trip to the island known as “the jewel of the Indian ocean”, Sri Lanka.

It is hot! Lot’s of exciting things going on down there. I could tell you loads but I wanna just zoom in on something which is very important to me. A team of peeps who are doing great work.

That is the team of Santha Fernando at the Kosgoda Turtle Care Program. Sea turtles are endangered species world wide due to human lifestyle and activities. Santha and his team work hard as the Kosgoda centre. Their aim “to protect sea turtle eggs and improve hatching rates”.

They work hard not only saving the turtle eggs but also helping turtles which have become tangled in fishing nets and the like.

The work at Kosgoda Turtle Care Program is all privately funded.

If you feel as much love for turtles as I do and want to help this super team of humans, then when you buy my products, type in “Kosgoda” as your purchase coupon and I will make a donation for every purchase made by you to our friends in Kosgoda.

And don’t forget, if you are on holiday in Sri Lanka, drop in and see the work they are doing.

If you have time, donate a couple of days and help them out.

Let’s work together and save the turtles.

Cheers to you all,

Edgar