I have a choice. I don’t need to buy goods which destroy my planet.
There are no other six planets when this one is gone.
If I choose well based on knowledge, I can thrive, you can thrive , we all can.
For those who still do not understand we owe it to ourselves and our next generations to change our consumer habits, then I don’t know the hell what they’re thinking.
I am Karin, a single mom with a 17-year old daughter, that is in 2020. Five years ago, end of 2015, I left a comfortable materialistic life In Brussels, Belgium behind. We now live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I am still a single mom, an entrepreneur ( I own and run a small boutique hotel MARCEL in a building I fully renovated myself ), two cats and two kittens.
When not under lockdown, I dance tango in my free time. I am also a city guide when not attending to my guests.
I am an independent 55-year old woman with a pretty strong opinion.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
I grew up having plenty of opportunities. I studied law at the Catholic University of Leuven. Then one year in Bologna, Italy to finish my 2-years Master’s Degree in Latin American Politics & Economics at the Johns Hopkins University, alias SAIS, in Washington DC.
I stayed 2 more years in the capital to work for the World Bank on country & trade issues in Brazil.
I learned the hard way that these international institutions rarely care, less so for the environment. And for living in the USA, I became one of them: a consumer of waste paper and plastic, to use it for a few minutes and then throw it away.
When I returned to Europe the same thing was happening there. Living standards were ( and still are ) high, the consumption pattern of the haves ( as opposed to the have nots ) a disaster.
It’s not because one has not that he or she will pollute less. In Argentina, where there is hardly any waste policy, this becomes crystal clear.
We need to change, not tomorrow, not now, but yesterday.
You still do not believe in global warming? Then come & visit me in Argentina. I’ll take you to the south to watch massive icebergs melting…
‘Why Green on the Beach?’
I come from one of the wealthiest places on the planet, Flanders. That is the northern, dutch-speaking part of Belgium.
While I was growing up I watched how we went from few choices to hundreds, from newspaper wrapped to sofisticated shiny plastic. This wasn’t the case just for one item, it happened with everything. Our choices kept on growing, but I don’t think our happiness did.
When Ryanair gradually conquered the low cost airline market in Europe, people started hopping on planes like if they were taking a local bus. Just like the Americans already did.
I saw guests arriving from London for instance, just for the weekend, only to get drunk and without visiting one single place of interest, getting back on a plane to pick up their daily routine.
It all became so natural, so easy, so finanicially accessible, to spend and waste on energy.
Then came COVID-19. And all of a sudden, the things we did no longer are done evidently.
One may wonder why. But as a fierce defender of our planet, I think it’s one of the best things happened to us, all of us.
I am aware of how many people lost their jobs, how much misery covid left behind.
But I am also of the opinion that if we embrace this difficult time to change our consumer habits in favour of eco-friendly, sustainable alternatives, we will survive… for a very long time to come.
That’s why I started Green on the Beach, to guide, teach and to learn together with all of you !