• Essenz der Leere: Sonnenuntergang am Dieksee, Malente, Germany
    Thoughts,  Way of Living

    “The Essence of Emptiness” – off to NowHere with Osho

    Osho (1931-1990) was an Indian philosopher and spiritualist teacher also known by the names Rajneesh and Bhagwan. This post is about “The Essence of Emptiness” , which is the first chapter from Osho’s collection “Take it easy – Talks on Zen Buddhism” from 1979. I have to admit, I don’t really know much about Zen Buddhism, but that doesn’t matter: Much of what Osho describes here reflects, from my point of view, the great challenges of the present. And sometimes it seems to me that Osho’s words might offer a solution. But from the beginning: In favor of the heart and feelings The first half of “The Essence of Emptiness”…

  • Nachhaltige Banken: Blumen mit Geld
    Climate Crisis,  Money

    Sustainable Banks – Every Euro is a Ballot!

    This is the sequel to the article “Is Your Bank also Investing in the Destruction of Our Future?”. While the focus there was primarily on the devastating investments and business practices of many commercial banks, in this part we look at possible solutions: sustainable banks. We cannot wait for the commercial banks to become aware of their ethical and ecological responsibility and finally to systematically pursue divestment, i.e. to withdraw their (actually our) money from fossil fuel projects. Rather, each and every one of us should consider whether our own money would not be better off with a sustainable bank. Sustainable banks, what is that supposed to be? “Sustainability” is…

  • Destruktive Geschäftsbanken: Geldschein klemmt in einem Baumstumpf.
    Climate Crisis,  Money

    Is Your Bank also Investing in the Destruction of Our Future?

    Next week I’ll be at the Klima-Café Plus Lübeck to give a presentation on sustainable banks. I take this as an opportunity to dedicate two blog posts to this topic. 🙂 Here’s part one – on destructive commercial banks and their climate-damaging investments. (For part two, see Sustainable banks – every euro is a ballot!) What have banks got to do with the climate crisis? While the corona pandemic dominates the media, the climate crisis continues unabated. Even if the seriousness of the situation has not yet been realized by everyone, many people now know what they can do to make their personal contribution to climate protection: Use bicycles, buses…

  • Warum sind SUVs so beliebt? Symbolbild: SUV-Autohaus
    Climate Crisis,  Traffic

    Why are SUVs so damn popular?

    For quite a while, SUVs break one sales record after another. A type of vehicle that does not seem to fit in our time at all. Compact, fuel-efficient cars are out of fashion. But why are SUVs so damn popular? Why in heaven’s name people all over the world are buying ever larger cars with ever stronger (and thirstier) engines, when many roads are already congested and parking is scarce? And how does that fit in with the insight that we need to massively reduce our CO2 emissions to save our climate? It would be easy to run SUV bashing for a complete blog article. But confrontation and demarcation does…

  • Sign "There is no Planet B" on an FFF demo
    Climate Crisis,  Thoughts

    Parents for Future: Fighting the Crisis Together

    Hi there… yeah, this blog is still alive! It only paused for a while. And in this first post-break post, I’ll tell you what happened and how the Parents for Future helped me get on with it. Until February, writing was going on quite well. I had some burning issues to write about – then, I somehow got out of step. Of course, there was a lot to do beyond this blog – at work, in the family. But it was not just that, something else prevented me from writing. A kind of “crisis of sense”. Rousing other people is harder than expected In November 2018, Nicole and I started…

  • Gegen die Papierflut: Symbolbild "Keine Werbung"
    Minimalism,  Zero Waste

    No more Paper Flood, please!

    Everyone is talking about plastic waste. That is good and important. The massive waste of paper attracts much less attention. Nevertheless, it can’t be overlooked if you just pay a little attention to it. Unwanted advertising in the mailbox – who doesn’t know that? Brochures, flyers, advertising papers – week after week. This annoying anachronism is kept alive mainly by our own habit and indolence (“It has always been like this.”). We can all do something about the flood of paper with little effort – just by changing our behavior a little. Paper waste in the mail box The non-profit initiative Letzte Werbung (“last advertisement”) has calculated that every household…

  • Joghurt-Dilemma: Glas+Tierisch vs. Plastik+Vegan
    Kitchen,  Less Waste

    The Yogurt Dilemma

    Until a few years ago I was busy spooning fruit yogurt out of plastic cups. At some point I got tired of producing so much plastic waste and eating so much sugary stuff. So I switched to organic natural yogurt in 500g deposit jars. So far so good. In the meantime, however, I have had more and more doubts as to whether this is actually the ultimate answer. Is it safe to consume dairy products? No, unfortunately not. Consuming dairy products is critical for several reasons: On the one hand, there is the ecological balance of dairy farming: the methane emitted when cows puff and belch is many times more…

  • Plogging: Microwave on a park bench
    Outdoor

    Plogging – Our First Time

    New Year’s resolutions again? Well, to work less, of course. To go outside more often – sure. To do more sports – a classic. And finally: to do more things that make you happy. On New Year’s Day, we tried out something that unites all these plans: plogging. A new sexual practice? No, unfortunately not. The word is a combination of “plocka” (Swedish for “picking up”) and “jogging”, and that’s what it’s all about: you are jogging through nature (or the city, or wherever), pay attention to lying trash and – well – collect it. Sounds completely disgusting? Here is our review: Running clothes, gloves, paper bag – let’s go!…

  • Climate Crisis

    Greenpeace Climate Charge – it concerns us all!

    Finally: The federal government of Germany is being sued for its negligence in pursuing its self-imposed climate goals. Anyone living in Germany can apply for participation in the Greenpeace climate charge . In the application, however, you have to explain why you are “directly or even existentially impaired by the consequences of global heating” . Hm, it sounds like climate change is a temporary, limited problem that affects some people and not others. Is that correct? But from the beginning: In 2014, the German federal government set the binding goal of reducing carbon emissions in Germany by 40% compared to 1990 levels until 2020. This was the so-called “Climate Protection…

  • University

    The Green University – a Checklist

    Universities claim to be innovative and to enable their students to help shape the world of tomorrow responsibly. By far the most important – as simply existential – challenge of this century will be the rapid and consistent anchoring of sustainability in all areas of life. Only in this way can we preserve the chance to limit the consequences of man-made climate change to a tolerable level and to stop the progressive environmental degradation. Universities, as key drivers of innovation in society, have a particularly important task and role model function to face this challenge. But what makes up a “green university”? What significance does sustainability have in everyday student…