Monday, December 14, 2009
We have been driving all together around 20000km.
Through snowy mountains , green-valleys, redwood forest and desserts.
Redwood forest were breathtaking, we had to stop and explore like kids.
Driving from Phoenix to SanDiego was one of the most amazing drives and the view changed within just a few hours. On our way to Phoenix we drove by the Mexican border while staying over night in El Paso, the city lights from Juárez where overwhelming and endless. In the morning there where big snowy mountains and it was freezing but clear.
The scenery gradually changed to big rocks and then desserts looking like a cliché from a cartoon with big cactuses and bushes. Quite exotic nature for us Swedes. After a few hours came the sandy dessert which was one of the most beautiful views Ive ever seen, then there were these big stoney mountains.
Our drive would be in length almost around half of the earth width.
In the past I have gotten the question -Do you feel changed from seeing so much of the world. I often answer that unfortunately I end up seeing a venue a hotel and If Im lucky some of the city.
But the earth seems more fragile to me after seeing these landscapes and cities so close back to back.
So...lack of natural resources, poverty, climate change, economic crises restoring wildlife feels like alot to worry my mind about when all I want to do is make music that takes you to another place.
After this tour which surely is one of the toughest yet most inspiring Ive done I do feel concerned in another way. Not just from my gut feeling which obviously isnt much to brag about when you have expert scientists all around the world telling us how we need to be concerned. But seeing these different landscapes does make questions pop up like.....how much water is used to keep feeding all this crop in a dessert, why do Californians drive big cars by themselves, Out of curiosity how much would it cost to build better public transport in the US... , how long would it take for it to pay of... and what can we do to preserve our nature and still feed our growing population of people.
World population has grown 3 times as much within the last 50 years thats what I read in national geographic, limited Edition State of Earth 2010!
I think alot of people like myself are dealing with ways to try to change there habits. Trying to recycle more. Stay informed.
As I get on the plane home and start reading the biggest swedish daily paper the first pages are about a demonstration in Denmark with thousands pressuring the government to act on climate change, on how to celebrate a climate friendly christmas by not buying frost for the trees glass balls instead of plastic, recommending folks to feast it vegetarian to recycle more etc. next pages are about research in bio diesel.
As a small country I feel Sweden does take responsibility in trying to inform its citizens about all that going on outside in the big world around it. I wouldn't say Swedish media is flawless but it strives to give a neutral informative perspective.
well enough said for today ...
finally home for a couple days....check out my pics