Sorry it's been so long dear blog...life is a strange series of ups, downs, rights and lefts and now I'm back again...that is of course the abridged version. If you're interested in the fuller version, just lemme know.
At the moment, I'm in lovely Stockholm, Sweden, enjoying midsummers eve in the clean air and under a utopian blue sky.
Sweden is known for their eco-friendly stance in this shit storm of trashing our planet and raping her resources. In January 1999, an Environmental Bill was passed including many laws penned to protect the natural Sweden for this generation and those to come. However since then, many amendments have taken place that according to the Swedish EPA has greatly weakened the bill.
Mikael Karlsson, the speaker for the Swedish EPA suggested that Parliament has several times been a doormat to companies that trampled the laws with the pretense that they just wanted to make the laws simpler. Even though, the laws barely effect the companies' bottom line and stimulate competition amongst manufacturers.
A Swedish environmental lawyer said that she is disappointed with how the environmental laws have slipped, under two successive governments, both Alliansen (the Alliance) and Socialdemokraterna (Socialists).
I might add just to the reader who isn't stuck into Swedish politics that those two groups are quite on opposite sides...one might say, quite like Democrats and Republicans...hmmmm, drawing parallels...reminds me of math class.
As much good as I have to say about Sweden, this article that I read on Svenska Dagbladet (a popular newspaper) leaves me sad and irritable. If you've read any of my posts you know that I am not an extremist, whether we be talking of right or left. In Sweden, I am not a socialist nor a conservative. I believe in getting things done, regardless of what your voting card says.
The continued fucking over of our planet by big corporations is not just something that hails from the land of the free and home of the brave. This is an international problem, because corporations work globally.
For anyone who didn't think we live in a global world, wake up and smell the stench of 6 billion people crowded in your back yard...b/c that's basically where they are.
While Sweden may be a ways away from "oops, is that my oil spill?" and "we must strike before stricken," these trends of government laying down their justice and morals to the full pocket books of corporate interest is a striking and scary one. And it is one I don't intend to accept...it's good to be back.