Call to join the Global Climate Strike

I am saving you some time today with a short blog post so that you can use it for attending the Global Climate Strike tomorrow (25th of September). About one year after the first big strike, the second comes in a time with many struggles due to covid-19. Last year, roughly 1.8 million people were …

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Role model city

When I come across positive examples for sustainability, I want to share them with you. I spent most of my holidays this year at home, but also some days in the South of Germany in a small city called Constance (ger. Konstanz; about 85,000 inhabitants). It is situated beautifully at the Lake Constance (ger. Bodensee) …

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Waste, chemicals, climate change – all belong together

As we are close to finishing our plastic free July (how have you been doing?), I want to share with you a fascinating project. Photographer Gregg Segal has told people in his surroundings to collect their waste for a week and then he photographed them lying in their waste. Have a look at his art …

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Climate Plans between Green Growth and Degrowth

This is the English version of an originally German post which I was able to publish on https://www.postwachstum.de/ as part of my job. I got the approval to share it here with you as well. For everyone who prefers to read the German original, look here: https://www.postwachstum.de/klimaplaene-zwischen-green-growth-und-postwachstum-20200716 Plans upon plans Politicians from different countries and …

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Corona vs. Zero Waste

Unfortunately, Corona is threatening the Zero Waste movement which had been on the rise before (https://www.treehugger.com/coronavirus-threatening-zero-waste-movement-4847418). Not only single-use masks, which unfortunately many people use and even "dispose" in nature, lead to additional amounts of waste (https://www.wiwo.de/erfolg/beruf/hygieneregeln-virenangst-schlaegt-klimaschutz/25912174.html). For sake of "hygiene" many shops started to sell more disposable items again and some even banned reusable …

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It’s coming back to food again

The state of nature in Germany is worrisome (https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/naturschutz-bericht-deutschland-1.4912845) but mine is by far not the only country where newspapers can bear such headlines, and probably the state of nature here is not the worst in the world. The Amazon and other tropical rainforests are likely to turn into CO2 sources rather than CO2 sinks …

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Cars and other problems

In the past few weeks, there was a huge discussion in Germany about the money the government was going to spend on kickstarting the economy again after the covid troubles. The probably biggest issue were the planned subsidies for buyers of (modern) combustion engine cars. It was also highly discussed in the press, with many …

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Good news & bad news

Today you are reading the post no. 100 on this blog. Thanks for accompanying it for a shorter or longer period of time so far! If you like the blog in general or some posts in particular, feel free to share them with others. The more people read the blog, the more it is motivating …

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Spotlight on degrowth

There are many alternatives to our current economic and societal system and there are diverse ways how to live well with other humans and our environment. I can recommend you to read the book ‘Pluriverse – A Post-Development Dictionary’ (e.g. here for free download: https://www.academia.edu/39692614/) where several such world views and alternatives are described. I …

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Stop harmful lobbyists!

While most of us are confined to our homes and politicians are deciding on bailouts for companies, lobbyists are active to dismantle Europe's Green New Deal and other environmental legislation. Their excuse: Corona However, companies already had years before this economic downturn to start acting and improve the sustainability of their products and business models. …

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