We Resist. We Build. We Rise.

Weighed down by a bit of weekend-loneliness, inability to wrap my head around uni stuff, and the cold fingers of writer’s block strangling me, I was not in a good place today. Together with the news of Trump’s executive order on Arctic drilling… my hope hid itself in my cold, dark fridge. It doesn’t see climate change if it is in there. (I believe that is also what most climate change deniers do.)

 Just like the Women’s marches did early this year, the climate march on Washington today gave me my hope back. It crawled from between the kale and the carrots out of the fridge and announced that it would get stuff done now.

These marches show that people care. They show that we have the ability as humans to come together peacefully and protest for a common denominator: The future of our planet. It is beautiful to see people from all over the world supporting each other even if they are so different. Because this unites us all.

“When humans are ranked instead of linked, everyone loses.” Gloria Steinem in “My Life on the Road”

Some argue that climate change divides rich and poor even more. Only to a certain point in time can those, who made their money through oil and coal, build their forts to protect themselves from floods and storms. In the end, nature always wins. We are all on the same page here. And it is not us against Mother Earth. We are rather her ignorant, carefree children who have yet to grow up. We don’t have the time to go through that process. We have to understand right now that it is best for us to work together in peace. That love and understanding are the only ways through which we will be able to survive. Humans took such a long time to evolve. All that time we have lived in connection with our planet, never against it. Let’s find that connection again. To our Earth, and between ourselves.

Did you go protesting in any of the climate marches? If so – Thank you so much! You are awesome! – please tell me your feelings and thoughts about it!


NaNoWriMo Day 3: #BeforetheFlood



My friends and I just watched the National Geographic documentation about climate change called “Before the Flood”. Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world to experience how we destroy our earth, which different effects climate change has and which actions are taken against it.

We study Environmental and Resource Management. We are tree-hugging pacifists and eco freaks. We are mostly vegetarians and a lot of vegans. We drink out of glass bottles and detest plastics, we go by bike everywhere and we separate our waste to a stage where our passion irritates other people. We are a community of students who love their planet. But we have our flaws and are inconsequent sometimes.

Our first reactions to the film? Rage. On humankind, on the industries, the lobbyism. On people who are denying climate change, who try and take the easy way out. About the fossil fuel industry blocking the way to renewables, on people who burn down tropical rainforests, who pollute the oceans, people who travel everywhere by plane and consume meat daily. We had a rage on everyone.

Rage doesn’t lead us anywhere. There are a few possibilities how you can react when you see the extent of climate change influencing us and our planet.

1. The Denier. It’s very easy for you and you stay very comfortable. You don’t change anything, everything around you changes. You do not consume any media anymore because that would remind you that global warming is happening.

2. The Well-informed. You know what is happening but do not draw any conclusions. “It is lovely that you are a vegan but I couldn’t do it.” You go on and eat meat every day. (I was that person once, just so you know.) You are furious about the fossil fuel industry and how we damage our earth but still drive a car to work.

3. The Angry. You can’t believe that NO ONE DOES ANYTHING! We have all this information and people advocating for sustainable living but nothing changes! You join protests and climate marches and will try to convince everyone around to adapt their lifestyle. Shouting is not beneficial, though. That’s why many people don’t believe you. You may be right. It’s just uncomfortable to hear that kind of criticism.

4. The Changer. You are well-informed and interested in the conversation. You have taken into account your lifestyle choices. You may have changed your habits or diet, you may speak up about the issue. You are not driven by rage anymore but by thoughtful reasoning, by explaining and educating. We need to state that we know and we care and we want change.

Industrialised nations have initially caused climate change. Everyone else is worrying about it because of flooding, air pollution, extensive heat events and droughts, extreme storms… Do you notice something? We will face these same challenges! Yet many people in industrialised nations deny climate change! I just found a graph showing that those who emit the most carbon are the least concerned about climate change. Chart 2 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/18/what-the-world-thinks-about-climate-change-in-7-charts/ We export our production to other countries and let them face the consequences. You cannot escape this globe. It is an issue we all have to deal with.

Where will you flee if the summers become so hot that you don’t have anything to eat anymore?
Where will you flee if huge storms and floods and fires destroy everything you have built?
Where will you flee if countries fight wars over water?
Where will you flee when your house is underwater because of rising sea levels?
Where will you flee when the air you are breathing is so toxic and polluted that you have to wear a mask everyday?
Do you still believe we have a choice?

Our consumption needs to change. What are you eating? Do you consume meat, dairy products and eggs every day? You are one of the main polluters of this world. The whole food industry is emitting more greenhouse gases than the whole transportation industry. In the US, 47% of land is used for food production and 70% of that for cattle. You have heard about the burping cows and how bad they are. Methane is 23 times worse than CO2 in terms of the greenhouse effect. We don’t create new land for more cattle. We destroy active ecosystems, we damage our earth to be able to consume more and more and more. You are feeding an industry that takes the ground under your feet away.

In the documentary DiCaprio visited India and talked to a woman about renewable energy and electricity. He was telling her how investment has to be done in alternative energies because the Americans will not change their consumption. She shakes her head. “Who will invest?” The developing countries are doing much more in the direction of renewable energies than the US. They have to make the transition now. One American consumes as much as 10 Chinese, 34 Indians or 61 Nigerians.

It is mostly just talking. The awareness is missing. It’s the same in Germany. I’m not denying it. However, we get around 30% of our energy from renewables, especially solar and wind. In the US it is only 13.4%.

Who is bringing the real change? Denmark for example is able to power the whole country with wind energy on good days. More than 100%!

10/07/2015 in the Guardian:

“On an unusually windy day, Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind turbines yesterday evening. By 3 am on Friday, when electricity demand dropped, that figure had risen to 140%.”

Iceland has also reached nearly 100% due to hydropower and geothermal energy. Sweden has plans to change completely to renewable energies until 2040. That sounds so hopeful, doesn’t it?

I would like to finish this article on a positive note. Change is possible if we work for it.

We are the last generation to fix this problem. We don’t want our children to see a world that is destroyed, a world where a critical point has been reached and the climate collapses. We would feel guilty, we would BE guilty! What would be our regrets when they grow up in this world? How would we explain it to them?

We are sorry.
We were addicted to fossil fuels, to meat, fish and dairy products.
We were addicted to driving our cars everywhere.
We wanted more and always more.
We are sorry, we killed the rainforests and the coral reefs.
We are sorry that no more island states exist.

Do you want to stand before your children and have to explain all that to them?

Tomorrow the Paris Agreement is coming into action. Let’s not just hope that there will be a change. We have to make it happen ourselves. Climate Change is real and we have to take action NOW.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

The sea always fascinated us, it was a road to new places, a source of life and the base for dreams and desire… We can’t live without the sea, the water and the movement, the regular and sometimes very forceful flow of life.

If you also want to participate in this challenge, click here for further information and for great entries!

Greetings from Madeira! ;D

Sunny greetings from the island of Madeira, the island of flowers and home of spring 😉

Here are some photo impressions of yesterday evening…

Habour of Calheta and sunset in the mountains.

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The sands are running out.

The sands are running out. Paying attention to the resources of our planet like water, that is giving life, is one of the things, we have to do quickly.

The sands are running out.

little watercolour painting on 12×16

Keeping an eye on Mother Earth…

We have to help the planet we are living on. We have to make a difference and fight against the global warming and the exploitation of nature. We have to fight against the extinction of species and the destruction of the eco-system, because nobody can live on a planet without any plants and animals!

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain