All posts tagged: Sweden

Freedom to roam

Sweden believes its ‘Everyman’s right’ to enjoy nature. The ‘freedom to roam’ is the principle, protected by the law, that gives all people the right enjoy their natural environment. The north is mostly wilderness, foaming rivers, high alpine peaks and plains, while the south is rolling countryside and never-ending beaches. East lies Stockholm with its wondrous archipelago and the west is rocky coastline, islands and giant lakes. No wonder Swedes spend as much time as possible outdoors – most having rustic country cottages to helps them leave the week behind and escape into nature. Sweden – The land of the free Sweden is a country built on freedom and openness – the foundation for creating an equal society. Everyone has the right to take part in demonstrations, freedom of speech, free press, the right to challenge those in power as well as the openness to enjoy all areas of nature regardless of ownership. These healthy-living locals can have a cookout in the quiet forest, sleep on mountaintops, take a dip in the pristine the lakes, …

Pollution and solutions for the Baltic Sea

Going beneath the surface of the Stockholm Archipelago with WWF to find out how plastics and micro plastics are effecting the Baltic Sea. I’m in the Archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden. Nearly 30,000 islands, inlets and rocks make up this rugged landscape in the Baltic Sea. The water here is so calm, like a bathtub but without a plug hole – it takes over 30 years for the water to cycle through which means a lot of the pollution gets stuck here. I’ve been talking with Ottillia Thoreson, Program Director for WWF Baltic Eco Region Program and local sailing veteran and Föreningen Allmogebåtar Maritime Museum guide Ulf Johan Templeman about pollution and solutions for the Baltic Sea. ‘By 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic that fish by weight.’ WWF The Baltic Sea is in trouble. Even after a decade of the adoption of the first Baltic Sea Action Plan reports show there have only been a few improvements. ‘I am a sailor since the beginning. The fish used to be really fish. The fishing is …