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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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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Make the world green again

Yes, I mixed some things in the title... Some classmates edited a speech of Donald Trump a few weeks ago and replaced each 'great' in 'make America great again' etc. with 'green' - a funny end to their presentation, but unfortunately quite opposite from the reality. He destroyed so many environmental laws and even wants …

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Nature reduces stress

When have you been outdoors in nature the last time? Maybe you have been too busy lately? Researchers from the Univerisity of Michigan have found that a 20-30 minute walk in a park or forest is very effective for reducing stress-levels. They tested walks during daylight and without further sport exercises, just a plain walk. …

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Is optimism appropriate?

Before starting the post itself: Please take a few minutes to take an important survey for my uni if you are German, US American or Chinese: https://goo.gl/forms/BA2TnKMoA5EhgdH43 If you know Chinese people, please send them the link. We urgently need many more answers from China! Now the actual content: Sometimes my studies are a bit …

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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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Christmas – trees and more

Degree of effort: medium – Level of impact: high Sustainability on a budget: approved Tasks: Get a sustainable Christmas tree alternativeDon't stress over presents, it's time for family and friends, not shopping crazinessMake presents (and cards) yourself Background: Lately, there was Black Friday taking place, which is stemming from the US and makes people crazy …

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Countering deforestation

Degree of effort: low – Level of impact: medium Tasks: Think about changing your search engine, e.g. to ecosia ONLY use recycling paper (for writing, toilets, tissues, ...) Avoid (non-RSPO-certified) palm oil Challenge: Convince your employer or organization to use recycling paper Background: https://youtu.be/O8YQ9iwrGhE This video shows impressively how every four seconds an area the …

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