Reflection time

This will be a rather short post because I am following my own advice (https://cathagoessustainable.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/taking-a-break/) and taking some reflection time this week. Corona is interfering a bit with my study schedule, so I need to contemplate this in the next days. You can take the time which you spend less on reading my post this …

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Changing habits

People live in habits and routines. This makes life easier because we do not have to think about these things. However, habits can also be destructive, not only for ourselves but also for others, for animals, for our environment, ... Sometimes our habits are changed without us noticing it too much because we are 'nudged' …

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Inspired by nature

"Inspired by nature" is a phrase which you might have heard in advertisements, but it can also be something very worthwhile. For example, there is biomimicry (https://biomimicry.org/what-is-biomimicry/) used e.g. by engineers and architects, which was made famous by the book "Biomimicry" (Janine M. Benyus). It refers to techniques which are copied from nature e.g. from …

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A comment on Corona – calling for resilience

You have probably all heard a lot about the Corona virus in the last weeks - and maybe you tend to ignore respective news already. I do not want to talk about numbers of ill people, but just want to mention some thoughts I had on this topic, related to sustainability. The media (e.g. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/coronavirus-outbreak-slashes-chinas-greenhouse-gas-emissions-200226133935574.html) …

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What do we really need?

A while ago, I have been sent a magazine article dealing with the state of our society and ecology. It proposed that we will face a collapse of our current system anyways, as humans will or can not voluntarily change the system. I thought about this a bit and, listening to audio books such as …

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Everyone wants mobility

Last week we talked about taking a rest and reflecting. To get a break, many people like to travel. However, we know that mobility - be it for holidays or for daily ways - has a huge impact on the environment and our health (e.g. air pollution). This does not only include the means of …

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Taking a break

Sometimes it's necessary to take a break to recover and to reflect on what you are doing. It is important to pay daily attention to one's well-being in terms of healthy nutrition, enough sleep, regular sports and relaxation time. But sometimes it just happens that a day gets more stressful than anticipated. Then we don't …

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Healthy and yummy plants

The first month of the year has already passed and this is a good point in time to look at how the propositions for this year (and the future) are doing. In case you haven't all downloaded the Excel file I made containing several ideas on how to make your life more sustainable, you can …

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Greenwashing or not?

Lately, I had some discussions with people about big companies and their sustainability efforts. After listening to the audio book to the book 'Die Diktatur der Konzerne' ('The dictatorship of the corporations') by Thilo Bode, I am even more skeptical about the balance between good and bad impacts of big companies. An example from the …

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Food is central

Yes, I already shared some rules for food with you last week. But food is an important basis for all our lives, so I want to tell you a bit more about it. Yesterday, I was at a big manifestation with about 27,000 participants who demand ecological agriculture, based on small farms, and who fight …

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