Most of us love fireworks. For many years now, I have only watched not polluted with any of my own. And even if there only was half of what we can see here from the 7th floor, there is a lot to watch anyway. Some might say that if we all just watched, there would be no fireworks. That is all right by me, I would be much happier if we all did something that was less polluting.

When it is cold outside, you can really see how much cars pollute. If car fumes were pink for one day, we would all think again. I use my bike, and the bus and the train. We have a car in the family and can not be without one since one of us is a wheelchair-user. On our way home recently, I took this photograph with my cell phone, this will be my fireworks contribution:

I wish you all a prosperous, pixelatious and phenomenal new year and beg you to consider how you, yes YOU, could live your live a little tiny bit differently in order to make sure there is a future for us on the planet. When you buy a new car, how much petrol does it use? When you start the car, could you have taken your bike or a bus? When you leave a room and there is no one left in that room, why not turn the light off. Whatever you do, please do not think that you and what you do does not count. IT DOES! Every little thing helps.

To my fellow Icelanders that love jeeps and SUV’s, do you really need a big car? Those that travel a lot in Iceland, they might need one, just make sure that you are using as little petrol as you can. And remember that travelling in Iceland 50 years ago on bad roads was possible, even if you did not have a huge jeep or an SUV. If Greenland keeps on melting the way it is doing now and has been doing for many years now, the cold water from the north will stop the Golf Stream from travelling as far north as it does. If that happens, surviving in Iceland will be very difficult. Yes, Icelanders are lucky, they can use the hot water that is pumped up from the ground, and our electricity is cheaper than in many countries. But the problems we are facing is global, it includes Iceland. When I am in Iceland, in no country have I seen so many lights turned on, everywhere. In almost every window in every house. It is totally unnecessary. My parents gave me good advice when they said; when you leave a room, take the light with you. My mother was an expert in saving electricity. We were not poor, but see saw no reason in upping the electricity bill, she used the stove intelligently and so on and so forth. (And no, they were not stingy either :) )

Stay safe.

Guðrún