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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10 reasons for cycling & some rules for food

Cycling ❤ I really enjoy cycling, even in winter, and I wonder a bit why not more people are using the bike. Of course, in some places the infrastructure could be better or some ways are very long, but there are many good reasons to cycle and one can always advocate for improvements! I came …

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Chapter 13: Love for Nature

Nature is highly valued by everyone. People know that it has an intrinsic value, but also that it is the basis for human life on earth. Humanity has moved from an ego-logical to an eco-logical view: Source: https://i2.wp.com/www.permatree.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Ego-logical_VS_Eco-logical.png?fit=636%2C491&ssl=1 Therefore, nature now is protected. There are countless natural reserves and wilderness areas where humans do not …

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Together for a better world

The header image shows the global annual average temperatures from 1850 to 2018. What do you see there? On the source page (https://showyourstripes.info/), you can find this for your country. I will show you the examples of five countries in the following. Guess which image belongs to which country! You will find the solution in …

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Time is running – let’s move as well

Fear is not the best advisor so we should not use it as a guide. Studies are showing that permafrost areas and Arctic ice are melting faster than expected and talk about five more years to achieve massive CO2 drawdown (https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Weltklima-auf-der-Kippe-4456028.html). Others say that human civilization might collapse by 2050, if we do not act …

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Earth Day sends its message – what is your answer?

This Monday (22nd of April) was Earth Day (for more information, see e.g. here https://www.earthday.org/). And the following graph shows again how urgently we need to stop emitting carbon: This was shared by Greta Thunberg on Facebook. Her fellows from FridaysForFuture in Germany are supposed to pay fees for not going to school during the …

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The hour has come…

Task 1: Join Earth Hour 2019 and switch off your lights and electronic devices this Saturday (30th of March) at 8:30 pm of your local time. You will be in good company because this will be done by thousands of people and numerous world-famous landmarks to pressure for a change in how we act towards …

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Cognitive Dissonance – or: people don’t act according to their beliefs

I read an article today, which describes the discrepancy between what Germans think about sustainability and how they act. And yes, there is a huge difference: people still buy bigger carspeople fly more oftenpeople buy the cheaper products instead of the organic ones... https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/bio-nachhaltigkeit-selbstbetrug-1.4334923 I would add to this list e.g. people still eat a …

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Heard about the Planetary Health Diet?

Degree of effort: low to medium – Level of impact: medium to high Sustainability on a budget: approved Tasks: Compare your current diet with the planetary health dietTry to change your diet to come closer to a more healthy (and planetary friendly) oneShare your best dishes with friends and family Background: There are lots of …

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How many earths do you need?

Degree of effort: low to medium – Level of impact: medium to high Tasks: Calculate your carbon/environmental footprint, e.g. with http://www.footprintcalculator.org/ Analyse your footprint and decide on where to improve Set a goal for the first category, maybe meeting it till the end of the year Challenge: Which is your worst category? Address this issue first …

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