There are more and more cities in the world that are working hard on their eco-friendly credentials to attract travellers as well as provide the cleanest possible environment for those who live and work there. A frontrunner in the best green city has to be that gem of the Netherlands, Amsterdam.
The city has long been known for its lush green spaces, quiet alleyways, the canals criss-crossing the urban environment and the laid-back, slow rhythm of life. Amsterdam, after the canals, is probably best known for being a haven for the bicycle. It’s flat and compact, making it easy to get around and the city is arguably the most bike-friendly in the world. Its infrastructure has been built for bike routes and travellers can easily hire these eco-friendly machines and join the rest of the population as they explore the visitor attractions, restaurants and shops. For cyclists there are plenty of protected paths and bike racks for parking.
According to research from the travel site HouseTrip, Amsterdam is one a number of cities that conserves the most water, and it also has a variety of eco-friendly hotels. As well as hotels, many travellers like to take advantage of reasonably priced apartments in Amsterdam for vacation, and there is a wide range of choice to suit all budgets.
An agreement signed in 2014 with Cisco, one of the world’s leading IT companies, aims to make Amsterdam a green and hyper-connected place, to be known as the “Internet of Everything” city.
Of course the bicycle is the main form of transport but there is a fleet of electric taxis the city has encouraged as part of its greening policy. Cutting out the noxious fumes of gas and diesel driven vehicles it’s making a big contribution to helping a much cleaner urban atmosphere. These taxis can be booked for airport pickups or to take a day out of the city to explore the many beautiful small towns and villages nearby. Travellers need to remember that standard electric cars have a range of only some 140 kilometres or around 87 miles. And, electric cars are quiet, cutting down on the constant noise of throbbing engines found in so many other cities.
Food, glorious food – and drink!
Amsterdam is noted for the quality of its cuisine – indeed the Dutch have a reputation for not accepting second best, rather like the French – so there are excellent options to explore food and drink offerings without resorting to fast food chains. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with fast food and it serves a purpose, but those looking to dine organically, for example, will find a good choice of restaurants and juice bars that care about the environment and from where they source their raw ingredients. After a busy morning riding a bike, lunch can be a fitting reward at a restaurant that serves hearty organic food and, of course, an afternoon of riding will wear that off in preparation for evening culinary delights! It’s also worth taking the time to chill out in one of the famous brown cafés the city has, have a drink or two in these atmospheric pubs and feel gezellig, a Dutch word that roughly translates as cosy or convivial.
Take a boat trip
With all its canals coupled with a massive harbour, boats are as much of a way of life in Amsterdam as bicycles. The city was originally reclaimed from the sea so waterways are an essential element that can be enjoyed on a tourist boat – there are open-air ones for when it doesn’t rain – or there’s the option for a free ferry ride that can be found behind Centraal Station. Cruising the waterways give a different perspective when looking at the architecture and layout of the city.
Enjoying the art
Amsterdam is brimming with iconic museums and two of the best known in the world are the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh was a native of the city and the eponymous museum has the world’s largest collection of his work. The Riksmuseum has a huge number of works from the Golden Age and travellers wanting to get up close to some of the greatest works ever produced by Vermeer, Rembrandt and other great artists will enjoy this experience.
A Dutch delight
Amsterdam works hard on its green credentials and offers a city environment that travellers wanting an eco-friendly experience can enjoy as well as feeling that this a place that welcomes visitors who are interested in experiencing and understanding what it has to offer.
What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?
A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.
When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.
New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.
This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.
Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.
With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.
Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.
The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.
Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.
Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy
Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.
Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.
Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.
How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:
- They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
- They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
- They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
- They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.
Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.
Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use
The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.
Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.
Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers
Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.
Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.
Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy
Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:
- Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
- Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
- Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.
You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.