Meat straight from the lab instead of the butcher

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Science in HD on Unsplash

We humans really like our meat, it seems. So much that we desperately look for alternatives when the food we love is a major driver in climate change. We started to experiment with plant-based meat, like Impossible Foods and Beyond meat. Now we go one step further with what is called “cultured meat,” “no-kill meat,” or “clean meat.”

Cultured meat has been kicking around for a while, but it’s only recently that it’s been approved for consumption in Singapore. It’s a piece of meat, but not from a living chicken; it is grown from a chicken cell.

This is seen…

Elon Musk warns us but could AI be our savior instead of our demise?

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Joshua Woroniecki on Unsplash

I stumbled upon an article on the BBC where Elon Musk (founder of Tesla) and Jack Ma (founder of Alibaba) discussed Artificial Intelligence. Elon Musk urged caution, predicting that humans could become nothing more than a “boot loader” - the minimal code needed to start a computer. In his view, history will only see humans as a stepping stone for a superior being.

On the other hand, Jack Ma sees a bright future with AI, in which we work less and hand over boring jobs to the machines; “I think people should work three days a week, four hours a…

Did this Black Friday expose our inability to adapt to climate change?

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jon Cellier on Unsplash

One big problem we have in the world is overconsumption. The threat of climate change has put a few but not enough onto a sustainable path. I did however think that this is because climate change feels so distant for many. Many people know that consuming “one and done” articles and cheap plastic crap is bad for the planet. Still, we consume.

I have thought that maybe when climate change gets more real, and close to home for many in high-income countries, people will get their act together. But after this weekend, I’m not so sure.

The Black Friday weekend

I work at a…

Inner and outer sustainability

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Elijah Hiett on Unsplash

Warnings, data, and findings from research tell us that we need to live more sustainably. We have finite resources, we cannot keep on living the way we are at the moment, we need to adapt to the changing world. Everything from the “outside world” seems to urge us to change yet many of us don't.

But what if it’s the other way around, that the inside needs to change first before the outside can?

Linking the inner and outer world has become more and more important it feels. Our inner state seems to have an impact on the outer world…

What Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and Jeff Bezos have to say about climate change.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Joshua Sukoff on Unsplash

So I’m not sure how they determine who is powerful or not. But a list was made in 2018 by Forbes of the most powerful people. So, it may be a bit outdated, especially after the US election, but still, it's some indication of how the powerful stand on the climate issues.

My thinking is that the most powerful people would have substantial influence in the world. With that power, it's not unimportant what they think about climate change.

Without further ado, I bring to you the powerful five:

  1. Xi Jinping (China)
  2. Vladimir Putin (Russia)
  3. Donald Trump (United States)
  4. Angela…

What we can learn from slow tourism

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Mike Erskine on Unsplash

Many of us want to be as productive as possible. We’ve all seen the videos on how to maximize a day or how to avoid procrastination. We want to reach our goal, and we know it's up to us, so we have to work for it.

You may have a routine planned for the days. Get up, make some coffee, get some exercise, meditate, then time to work with meetings and calls. After work, you prepare for the next day and so on. It's a fast-paced one thing after another type of life. Every minute is carefully planned. You can…

The governance trap and poor communication is hindering the climate initiatives

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Tania Malréchauffé on Unsplash

Does it feel like we are in limbo, waiting for someone to pull the trigger, to push the “fix climate change” button?

Well, it's not that strange if it does. I don't think it's just me that reads about new technologies or findings that can help us fight climate change (one of which I’ve written about here). And then it feels like it just falls between the cracks?

Sure, some of it can be attributed to an unwillingness to pay, implementations and technical interventions often cost a lot of money. But sometimes it feels like everything is in place and…

Hydrogen and its role in a sustainable transition

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Appolinary Kalashnikova on Unsplash

Why has Hydrogen been called the rockstar of the green energy transition by Frans Timmerman the Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal? In short, it has the potential to be a green alternative to the carbon-reliant industries and transportation.

As always when something is aimed to be solved there are risks of other problems to arise. When we move away from fossil fuel to renewable fuel what could be the geopolitical implications of such a shift? …

Oliver Zatch

I have a bachelor in environmental science, want to be a writer

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store