Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet

Trailer for the online course “Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet”:

This online course is pretty amazing. It’s about the intersection of sustainable development and economics, specifically macroeconomics. It covers how factors like unemployment, inflation, protectionism, fiscal deficit and more can drastically alter our sustainable future. The course is being taught by Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs and former Minister of Finance of Chile Dr. Felipe Larraín. More information: http://bit.ly/macrocourse.

Honey Harvest

A lot of bees, a lot of work, a lot of challenges, a lot of fun, a lot to learn, a lot of honey. WOW. It is like a wonder. It is amazing. What these little workers achieved! I feel honoured to be part of their team. They have so much to give.

 

They give so much in terms of life lessons. How they cooperate, communicate, coordinate, build, fly, find their ways, eat, save, clean, regulate temparature, organise their society (top-down and bottom-up).

 

And now they “give” all this honey as well (well, I basically “stole” it). I did leave quite some honey in the bee hyves as they need (in my opinion) their own, but nevertheless they provided about 70 kilograms. I put it in jars of 250, 500 and 1000 grams and I get to use the new labels. Now it not only TASTES GREAT, but looks okay too.

A true gift of nature. Gotta love it.

In case anyone is interested or has any questions, please send me a message. The prices are in line with the Tiroler Bienenladen (Tyrolean Bee Shop): http://www.tirolerbienenladen.at/

Mobile phone for the gorilla

In addition to all the honey bees and my Alpine life style, I’m professionally into “impact, finance, sustainability” themes.

During the Summerschool “Climate Change” we discussed the sustainable use of resources with the case study: “a mobile phone for the gorilla”.

Interesting to discuss how huge global issues can be caused ( 🙁 ) and solved ( 🙂 ) by (the sum of) individual actions. Everybody can make a difference!

More information in German via: https://naturschutzbotschafter.fzs.org/de/handy-aktion/

Sweet honey bee logo

In the anticipation of some honey, I asked Ladiebirdy Graphic Design in London* to make a logo for the pots:

Engls Honig

“Angels Honey”

“Engls Honig” means “Angels Honey”. For sure it will have a heavenly taste! Not really made by angels, but equally fine by hardworking Carnica honey bees in Tyrol. Nickname “Arlberger Hochgebirgssportbienen”. And Engl refers actually to the previous beekeeper in the bee house I use. His name was Engelbert.

Next to the logo, we developed a bee dance picture. The bee dance is an intruiging way how bees communicate and orientate! The “Arlberger Hochgebirgssportbienen” know their ways around! For example into the Malfon Valley with great “Alpenrosen”.

Bee dance

Bee dance

 

 

 

 

*”With a joint love of animals and fun designs, Maria Cox runs the quirky Ladiebirdy company from her studio in West London. She sells her products from her online store, wholesale stockists and at handmade fairs, as well as a full time stall at Londons’ Spitalfields Market. If you’re interested in commissioning any work or have any wholesale enquiries, please get in touch now at ladiebirdy@hotmail.co.uk.”

 

Dress for Success (i)

Exactly what the bees and I needed for our fruitful cooperation! A decent English suit. Dress for Success! With BJ Sherriff. Just love the turquoise.

 

BJ Sherriff has been a leading bee keeping clothing and accessories company since 1968. A true, dedicated, pioneering family business. A great example of “caring, daring and sharing”. As BJ Sherriff states:

All our beekeeper clothing is responsibly designed, manufactured solely by family owned B J Sherriff in England using ethically sourced materials and components.

The proof of the honey is in the eating… Soon you will see the turquoise suit in action!

Interested? Check BJ Sherriffs website: https://www.bjsherriff.co.uk/

Or contact them via: +44 (0)1872 863304 or orders@bjsherriff.com

Honeycomb perfection

Honeycomb perfection

Honeycomb perfection

Bee keeping means entering a whole new world! It is so fascinating! This is a freshly built honeycomb of my “Engl-poulation” – the wax pattern is just perfect. The regular hexagon. The mathematical precision is amazing. It is the most efficient way of building, but it also displays a stunning geometric beauty. The cooperation of these small creatures is unbelievable too. Such a great organisation and society they live in.

 

“Young worker bees excrete slivers of warm wax, each about the size of a pinhead. Other workers take the freshly produced slivers and carefully position them to form vertical, six-sided, cylindrical chambers (or cells). Each wax partition is less than 0.1mm thick, accurate to a tolerance of 0.002mm. Each of the six walls is exactly the same width, and the walls meet at an angle of precisely 120 degrees, producing one of the “perfect figures” of geometry, a regular hexagon.”

 

A true wonder of nature. And the sweetest is yet to come into these perfect regular hexagons… honey!

 

 

Summer-(School!)-Time!

k.i.d.Z.21

Also this summer 2017 I will teach during several Summerschools “Climate Change” in Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria.

These summer schools are part of the unique “k.i.d.Z.21” project of the University Innsbruck. More information (in German) via:

http://kidz.ccca.ac.at/

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In summary, the key aspects of the “Climate Change” Summerschool concept are:

– Exchange between Science and Schools

– Interdisciplinary approach/ different perspectives

– Constructivist learning method/ conceptual change theory

– Personal experience

Spending a week in the mountains brings new insights. Standing on a stunning, but melting glacier. Climate change is unfortunately visible.

Should you be interested, feel free to contact me. Some first impressions below and updates follow.

Newbie

As a newbie with my new bees, there is a lot to learn. The bees are great teachers – they give immediate feedback! If you don’t listen well, you feel it straight away! The first stings are a fact… (and a new working suit is on its way, just to be sure…)

It is also great to see the world with different eyes.

Whereas the 21st of June usually meant early summer to me personally, it means to the bees heading towards year end.

The days are getting shorter; the populations slowly start to prepare for winter.

Late July-early August, I will harvest the honey from my bee hyves. From then onwards, a new cycle will start. I will keep you posted!

Arrival of the bees

It is June 2017 and I am back home am Arlberg. After the great bee keeping course in Imst last year, it is now time to welcome thousands of new friends in Pettneu am Arlberg. They come from Pitztal and their new houses have been carefully prepared:

A new, amazing, fascinating world opens up! After mega adventures with mountain gorillas in Virunga, the tiny honey bees in Tyrol are keeping me busy these days.

More updates follow.

First inspiration and preparation

It all started with a great Bee Keeping Course at the Agricultural School in Imst, Tyrol, last year (2016). The course is pretty extensive; it took quite some time, but therefore you learn a lot. From experienced lecturers. It was a nice crowd all together with the participants as well. I can highly recommend this course!

Basically, my love for bees started earlier in live…! During my first years in live. With Maja. She has been an inspiration!

 

“Je suis Charlie” anno 2017

It is May 2017 and I find myself on a family holiday in the South of France. Going to cute villages and local markets. Enjoying walks and swims. Wining and dining. Sun, sea and beach. And above all a lot of reading!

 

Next to the books I bring along with me during trips, I always love to read national media in the countries I visit and where I know the language. Charlie Hebdo it is this time.

 

La belle France! New president starts, Charlie Hebdo continues, the sun shines and I absorb it all on the Mediterranean beach. Interesting world we live in. Who still states “Je suis Charlie” these days? Well, we have Manchester just now. Horrible events, no doubt, but being hyped in the media. Who really knows what is going on, who really acts subsequently and consequently?

 

 

 

And also “CARE” am Arlberg – No Handicap Ski Event

By the end of the winter season, I organised with an amazing group of people a No Handicap Ski Event in St Christoph am Arlberg. Some impressions and links to media (in German):

https://www1.meinbezirk.at/landeck/c-sport/schneesport-mal-anders-no-handicap-skifahren_a2063550

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography