Before the days of satellites, the Norse god Odin engaged two ravens to gather news from around the world. Their names were Huginn and Muninn. The former represents memory and logic, the second impressions and intuition. Every morning they flew out, and every evening they returned to Odin’s shoulders to tell him what they had seen. Ravens are amazingly clever and attentive. I have installed a little perch under the eve of my roof, inviting the second one – because he interests me more – to stop by . . .

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My purpose is to explore NATURE, that frame within which we live, that obviously precarious “platform” we totally depend on, and how it changes. But also how we connect with it. Or how we change it, and how we change when Nature changes, the interaction.

2 April 2017 The Norse idea of using ravens as reporters indicates a faith in Nature’s permanence and trustworthiness – Nature is there till the end of days, and can always be relied on as such. Do we still think and feel like that?

I hope YOU also will explore. I really hope you will go out and take a look, get to know better the natural world we were sent into, and to pay attention to what is going on (also what happens inside yourself as you establish contact). It is important. If you don’t think it is important, my job here is to make you change your mind. I and my colleagues will be happy to be your guides.

www.naturetrailsindonesia.com gives you ideas of places you could go to.

Nature to us “modern” people is not what it was to the Norsemen. Nature has changed, and so has our perceptions of it. And not entirely for the worse (as I want to demonstrate later). We are much better informed. Through this blog I will try to update you on new insights on the interaction between us and our natural environment, using whatever I find from researchers, practitioners, farmers, hikers, and even philosophers where that seems relevant for my inquiry.

Sweden and Indonesia will serve as primary grounds for my exploration.

First Question:

What is Nature?

That which is studied by Natural Sciences? – Then we get involved with the universe, cosmos, interstellar space and dark matter, planetary geology, genetics, DNA, microbes, subatomic particles. That goes way beyond my reach.

Nature as wilderness

Nature as that which constitutes our origin or cradle

Nature as that which is outside the city

Nature as that which is not cultivated

Nature as that which is different from us, or even dangerous.

Nature as resources, Natural Resources, there to be harvested, for anyone who has the understanding – or to be exploited

Nature as uncontrollable and threatening elements

Nature as an enemy to be conquered and tamed

Nature as a dormant land resource, to be cultivated for systematic production of marketable crops

Nature as that which is invisible in the economic calculations

Let’s start with the Wilderness part! National Parks with deep forests fit in that context. Indonesia has established 52 National Parks. Pick some to visit! In West Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, you can visit several: Lake Sentarum, Betung-Kerihun. See tours in www.naturerailsindonesia.com There you will also meet the Dayak, original residents of the areas, entirely adapted to life in and with Nature.

The Governments of Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia, with a number of NGOs initiated in 2007 a concept called Heart of Borneo (HoB), aimed at protecting an extensive forest and wilderness area composed of National Parks with adjacent forests, rivers and lakes. HoB covers 220 000 km2, or 22 million ha – which is about the total extent of forest land in Sweden!

www.naturetrailsIndonesia shows you guided tours into the Heart of Borneo.