Less Than 100 Miles For My walk1000miles Challenge

Ratzeburger See - no boats in late autumn
Ratzeburger See – no boats in late autumn

My walk1000miles challenge is nearing its end. Not rapidly, but I’m getting there. And now I am down to a two digit number of still remaining miles.

When I thought about and started this walk1000miles challenge at the beginning of the year, it had sounded “quite ok” for being a challenge. Back then, I guessed that the main challenge would not be the physical, but rather the time management part. How right I had been back then!

In May I wrote some lines that the “one hour per day” is quite often difficult to achieve. And that meant, of course, each day without some miles would put extra miles (and time, and pressure) on top of the following day(s). Continue reading “Less Than 100 Miles For My walk1000miles Challenge”

500 Miles Completed, Half Way Done

walk1000miles 500 miles completedMajor milestone completed today. Yes, 500 miles on the clock, first half done. As written in my last walk1000miles newsletter, I am slightly behind my planned schedule, but going strong to be ahead of it all in a short while. In the meantime: a tiny celebration for the 500 miles achievement.

I am not really a person looking back too often, my strength is the way forward. Still, when checking out the walking and hiking stats sheet of the last six months, quite a few memories pop up. Continue reading “500 Miles Completed, Half Way Done”

My Organisational Challenge With walk1000miles

1.000 miles – 1.609 kilometres. That’s the distance I want to walk or run in 2017. However, one or the other restriction is supposed to make it a bit more difficult, hence my organisational challenge. It is not supposed to be too easy to accomplish, this is a charity event (or project) and my supporters want to have some fun for their money (meaning: see me struggling).

walk1000miles - brief break in the woods

Ok, it is not that bad. Not really. Five months into my walk1000miles challenge I can already say that physically it is not a problem at all (walking, that is; running is indeed a problem). The organisational challenge, which I had anticipated, has now arrived. Bad news. And good news at the same time.

What is the biggest (self-inflicted) restriction?

Well, if every single step were to count, I would probably be very close to 1.000 miles already. But that would have been way too easy. The only steps, metres and miles that count towards the walk1000miles total are the ones I specifically walk or run with my donation project in mind. This means, for example: Continue reading “My Organisational Challenge With walk1000miles”

Basics On Microplastics In Oceans

Whenever I have read up on the topic of waste in oceans recently, I usually found a reference to microplastics in oceans as well. I kind of knew what it was all about. At the same time, I always felt I had no idea. Here are answers to some basic question regarding microplastics in oceans.

plastic pollution Kathmandu c Dieter Schütz at pixelio.de
plastic pollution Kathmandu c Dieter Schütz at pixelio.de

Have you ever wondered what microplastics really are? Where they can be found? And why we should worry about them? Have a look at the questions and answers below. And if you have more information and additional resources, please let me know.

More plastic than fish in oceans – a shocking thought

A report issued in January 2016 by the World Economic Forum contains the startling claim that, by 2050, the world’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish. The possible effects on food chains and ecosystems mean this is a problem for everyone. And not just for those who value and enjoy the ocean for the leisure pursuits, or relaxation.

“Plastic” does not only include the larger pieces that can easily be identified. Microplastics seem to be the more dangerous ones. But what really are they? Continue reading “Basics On Microplastics In Oceans”

Winter Hiking For walk1000miles

Had you told me five years ago that I would happily be doing some winter hiking – “no chance” would have been the answer. Now here I am, clocking up miles. In winter. And (mostly) great fun it is.

Tough winter hiking?

walk1000miles - in freshly fallen snow

Ok, easy stuff, the winter has been really kind so far. No heavy snow storms, no snowbanks, rain and mud not too bad either. It could have been a lot worse the first couple of weeks this year. And that is already the summary for “winter hiking made easy”. Now that I am writing this, I guess one depression after the other will be blown my direction…

Something to celebrate

Now, seriously, the first minor milestone of my walk1000miles challenge has been reached. Yes, total mileage is now in the three-digit area. The “100” on my walk1000miles challenge is history (here you can find the tracker). Last week I have passed that first milestone, and I am ready to tackle the remaining miles.

Big party then, or at least a small celebration?

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walk1000miles For Charity

Lots of other participants use their walk1000miles challenge to collect and donate for a specific charity. All the funds coming in for my miles walked in 2017 I will donate to the children’s cancer ward at the UKE in Hamburg.

walk1000miles for kinder-uke.de (c Kinder UKE)
walk1000miles for kinder-uke.de (c Kinder UKE)

In 2017 I aim to walk (or run) a total of at least 1000 miles. Some background information on this walk1000miles challenge and my reasons for doing it I have talked about in a previous post. This post here is my info-page on donations and how you can participate and help.

Walk for charity – of course!

Having signed up to this challenge beginning of January, the first couple of days were fun simply being outside. Get fresh air, exercise, clock up miles.

But then – doubts started creeping in… Was I to do it just for myself? Simply to stay fit? I don’t need it to get over a major crisis or problem, don’t need it to feel good. So, what has inspired me in the first place to sign up? It was David and his post on Potty Adventures about the walk1000miles for charity. Continue reading “walk1000miles For Charity”

walk1000miles – My 2017 Challenge

#walk1000miles - 2017 poster
#walk1000miles – 2017 poster

On 03. January I signed up for the 2017-edition of the walk1000miles challenge. A post on the great family hiking site Potty Adventures was so inspiring I simply had to. What is the walk1000miles all about? And will you join as well?

What is the aim of the walk1000miles challenge? Go outside. Walk. Enjoy fresh air. Get closer to nature again. Talk to people instead of messaging.

All you need to do is walk (and record the details of your walk). Be it during lunch-breaks, with the dog, to the pub, to work, for a one-day or a longer hike. As long as you are active outside and are walking, it all counts towards your total mileage covered. Continue reading “walk1000miles – My 2017 Challenge”

Seehamster Started It All For OEOO

It does not always have to be the cleaning of plastic in oceans that gets attention from the public. Seehamster (Sea Hamster) has made some swimmers in Southern Bavaria really happy (and Bavaria is a long way from the sea).

Seehamster on a lake (c One Earth One Ocean)
Seehamster on a lake (c One Earth One Ocean)

One Earth – One Ocean (OEOO), an association aiming to free the oceans from plastic waste, has built some very interesting clean-up boats. I have already posted some lines on their catamaran Seekuh, starting its clean-up mission in Hong Kong beginning of 2017.

The one having started it all for OEOO, however, is a tiny boat called Seehamster. Its looks might be, well, “harmless”. But it is efficient in getting quite a lot of unnecessary stuff out of the water. Continue reading “Seehamster Started It All For OEOO”

Seekuh Ready For Cleanup Mission

Ok, it’s ugly. Compared to beautiful sailing boats the catamaran ‘Seekuh’ (Sea Cow) is a no go. It has, however, been built not for beauty but to get pollution in oceans out of the way. And that is what it will be doing soon, starting in Hong Kong harbour.

Seekuh in harbour (c One Earth - One Ocean)
Seekuh in harbour (c One Earth – One Ocean)

Back in March 2016 I have published some lines about the prototype being built (with a very colourful picture to go with it). Now construction of Seekuh has been completed.

It looks a bit strange indeed, or let’s say unusual. However, as soon as it is in action on the water I am sure it will find many friends.

The ship’s christening has taken place end of September 2016, and Seekuh is now ready to tackle its first challenge: Hong Kong harbour. The current plan is to get Seekuh to Hong Kong and into operating mode by January 2017. Continue reading “Seekuh Ready For Cleanup Mission”

Come On, Rainbow Pirates, Keep On Going!

The “Rainbow Pirates“ had quite a crazy day way back at the beginning of March. The result: a 2.050,- € donation! Another great step for the team of “Meer bewegen”. They can now continue their challenging task of getting disabled folks out onto the water and sailing.

"Meer bewegen" team picture swimming pool
“Meer bewegen” team picture swimming pool

“Pirate Party” sounds like a lot of fun, and it was indeed for dozens of kids and their parents. The team of “Meer bewegen” (the Rainbow Pirates) also had a couple of goals for this party day. In details:
– the happiness of and fun for all those kids having turned up (location: swimming pool)
– reach a specific donation target (location: www)
– have quite a bit of fun themselves (location: both of the above).
Success rate of those goals: 100%.

What an amazing and crazy day it had been for them! Loads of children turned up and wanted to get onto “White Pearl”, the RS Venture with sailability kit. No chance of counting the number of times the White Pearl crossed the pool (hopelessly overloaded with eager sailors-to-be). Very happy and excited faces all around encouraged everyone involved to keep going not only all day long, but rather with the entire idea and concept of “inclusive sailing”.

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Catamaran ‘Seekuh’ Collecting Garbage In Water

How to get rid of all that garbage floating around in our waters? One of the ideas having caught my attention is the prototype of a catamaran called Seekuh (sea cow). It is currently being built and ready for its mission in summer 2016.

catamaran Seekuh (Sea Cow) (c One Earth - One Ocean)Plastic garbage in shallow waters, seas and oceans is omnipresent. Tons of plastic bags, fishing nets, bottles, cosmetic product waste and the like pollute our water. Three quarters of all the garbage in oceans consists of plastics. And those need a couple of centuries to decompose.

All that waste in water is a major danger to wildlife and, ultimately, humans. If you are rather new to this topic, check out these Basic Q&A regarding waste in oceans.

A catamaran called Seekuh (Sea Cow)

Worldwide, awareness to actually do something about all that waste in oceans has increased dramatically in recent years. Lots of projects and initiatives have been started. A pretty cool one I found to be a catamaran called Sea Cow (Seekuh). What is this supposed to be, or mean?

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Three Optimists Extend Rainbow Pirates Fleet

Third time lucky? It is rather a case of lucky to the power of three – on the very first try. The team of “Meer bewegen” were on cloud nine when they received the news that they had been granted a donation of three new Optimists. They are an extension to their fleet of barrier-free sailing boats.

three new Optimists (c Meer bewegen)
three new Optimists (c Meer bewegen)

The IMMAC Sailing Academy regularly sponsors training and development of young sailors. One way they are doing this is by giving away Optimists to sailing clubs and schools.

Meer bewegen” had sent in their application for a sponsorship. They knew how unlikely it might be that they get assigned a boat by the independent committee. I would have loved to see the team when they heard the news that they will in future have not one, not two, but rather three brand new Optimists. With those they can enable their youngest to go sailing on the Wittensee. Continue reading “Three Optimists Extend Rainbow Pirates Fleet”

Rainbow Pirates Sailing Dinghy With Disability Kit

rainbow pirates logoBy accident I literally stumbled over the team of “Meer bewegen” during this year’s Hanseboot. The team’s ambition is to get people with and without disability to go sailing together. They have equipped an ordinary dinghy with a kit especially designed for disability. With that they are roaming the waters on the Wittensee in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany.

Sometimes little accidents turn out to be a positive event after all. While staring at a rather unusual boat interior I bumped into Eike Ketzler, who turned out to be the leader of the “Meer bewegen“-pack. A pretty interesting chat evolved and here I am with an article about the “Rainbow Pirates”, folks (and especially kids) with and without disability on a mission to go sailing together. Continue reading “Rainbow Pirates Sailing Dinghy With Disability Kit”

Quote Challenge Day 3

sailing on the Baltic Sea - hard to beatToday’s quote, my final one for this brief challenge, brings me back to sailing, water and oceans. It is, however, not about the beauty of the oceans or the joys of sailing. I keep this in mind when thinking of (or doing something about) pollution, waste in oceans and environmental difficulties.

The quote refers to lots and lots of different scenarios. Meaning: for each and every time when we feel that what we are doing is nothing but a drop of water on a hot stone. Or, as Mother Teresa has put it, a drop in an ocean. However, every little action helps, every step, move and smile results in something positive. Andnd that’s why ‘doing something’ is much better than thinking “it won’t matter anyway”. Here we go:

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.     (Mother Teresa)

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Some More Thoughts On “Waste In Oceans”

The title of this article, Waste In Oceans, brings up something like 120 million hits in Google (as of October 2015). Looks like this topic is being talked about. Is there also something being done about it?

marine debris on Hawaiian coast (Wikipedia)
marine debris on Hawaiian coast (Wikipedia)

For some strange reason, my article about the problem of plastic pollution in oceans has been clicked quite regularly in the past weeks, referred to from search engines. Awareness for this topic seems to have increased – which is good news indeed. My follow-up article on potential solutions for all that waste in oceans has not been so popular by lenghts.

So, do we all love to hear about the problems, talk about it, shake our heads and go to bed? Is looking at the problem more interesting than finding or working on a solution for it? Especially for such a major topic?

Probably yes. What do you think, any scientific reason for that, and what is your view on it? Continue reading “Some More Thoughts On “Waste In Oceans””