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Al Gore: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED 2016)

Habt ihr diesen Beitrag schon gesehen?

Al Gore: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change (TED 2016)

„We are going to win this“ Is that true? 

Nach zehn Jahren wieder eine entsprechende Rede von Al Gore. Schön, wenn er denkt, dass wir das hinbekommen. Allerdings war kein einziges Wort darüber, dass die Menschen auch einen Beitrag leisten müssen. Wenn ich mir diese amerikanisch-optimistische Variante ansehe, dann müssen wir nichts verändern. Alles bleibt so wie es ist, nur die Energie kommt dann aus anderen Quellen. Solarenergie, Windenergie, das hört sich toll an. Deutschland wird auch als gutes Beispiel genannt. Schön!

Denkt ihr, wir können alle in unserer „comfort zone“ agieren?

Die Regierungen und die Industrie werden das schon regeln. Wir machen einfach so weiter wie bisher. Nein, wir machen ja nicht weiter wie bisher. Wir sind viel bewusster. Fast überall gehört der Klimaschutz zum Tagesprogramm.

Unsere reiche Welt ändert sich: Wir shoppen mehr designer Zero Waste Artikel. Fliegen jetzt in ein Ökohotel und ersetzen alle unsere Haushaltsgeräte durch sparsame multifunktionale Varianten. Wir kaufen einen SUV der weniger Benzin verbraucht und kaufen immer im Biosupermarkt die Produkte aus der ganzen Welt. Unsere Klamotten sind aus Bio-Baumwolle und fair gehandelt. Wir achten darauf weniger Massentierhaltungszeug zu essen. Wir gehen nun auch mal in vegane Restaurants, die jetzt voll hip sind. Und leisten uns eine Entschlackung mit viel Yoga und Besinnung auf Bali. Wir ziehen die Grenzzäune hoch und spenden Kleidung, für die Menschen, die von Krieg und Katastrophen geplagt sind. Wir shoppen vorwiegend online, prime – express und versuchen das Leben mit all seinen Vorzügen zu genießen. Denn was ist das Leben ohne Spaß?!

Lasst uns mehr kaufen und mehr verbrauchen, denn nun haben wir ein gutes Gefühl dabei, weil es wird ja alles recycled und außerdem ist es fair und bio.

See this nice hotel in Las Vegas: Green-washing? 

It sounds like a good start. But it also sounds like a good way to promote your business with a greenish coating. So customers, guests and tourists can enjoy themselves, use all resources like they did before, but now they have a better feeling about it. (- and maybe they use even more because of this good feeling?) The point is, we have to make more profound changes in our behaviour, we need to step out of this comfort zone. If we would stop producing waste in the first place or just don’t fly to Las Vegas, that would be even better! Don’t you think? But that would be a life unsatisfied and regressive, nobody wants to life – right? 




Why don’t we do this on a global scale?

In this post you find a documentary by John Liu.

The documentary shows large scale restoration projects on degraded lands in China (Loess Plateau), Ethiopia and Rwanda. How important it is to educate especially the poor people, and what impact we have in both ways, bad but also good is clearly visible in this documentary.

But the question remains: If it is so easily done, why don’t we do this on a global scale? We can see the whole world in this little screen of us. But what we are presented with all day is mostly crap: Industries of tips on dieting, how others live their expensive lives, what car you need to buy, which hair product you need to use and so on.

Maybe everything is to far away? Do we have to wait till problems of others become ours? Right now millions of people are unemployed, fleeing because of war, poverty, hunger, depression or crime to look for hope, help, future, prosperity, peace or just a chance. Do we start to act now? Or do we fight the people and build fences around our houses?

Do we need more refugees and more wars over resources? Do we need more discussions or higher fences? If the answer is: You can fight poverty and climate change with the same instruments, why is it still so difficult to make this priority no one? 

I think it is vital to take action. All of us. Especially high developed countries have the responsibility to act and to help, because we are living this standard because others are poor. Imagine all men and women would earn a decent salary? Could we still be able to import cheap toys, cloth or high Tech from China, would we be able to eat inexpensive bananas, or even worse discard every day several million tons of food? 

What do you think? Do I miss something important? Do you like the documentary? Does it give you hope? 

More topics concerning this years theme: HOPE you can find here.

DIY Seed Crackers – Zero Waste

Delicious Seed Crackers Recipe

Liesl inspired me to do my own Zero Waste Crackers. ;)

The „Olive Oil and Seed Crackers Recipe“ I used you can find here. Naturally I adapted the recipe so it fits to my taste and storage contents. I can’t remember the actual ingredients. But I know for next time to roll one piece of dough at a time, as thinly as I can. My crackers were not thin enough, that’s the reason they were not that crunchy.

Try it yourself! It is a simple recipe and this dough is supple and cooperative. Alternately, use a pasta roller (if you have). Enjoy!

DIY – Grow your own salad!

You live in the city? You don’t have a garden? No problem – you can still grow your own salad.

Thanks to Kerstin and  freshrollsandchampaign I’m able to grow my own salad on the window sill.


CARRIER OF HOPE 3 – Sharing „food is free laneway“

Category: Sharing


Guerilla Gardening Vienna © Esther 2015

Especially in the city you sometimes don’t get in touch with your neighbours. Once in a while the couple at the ground floor might have to receive a parcel addressed to you or you have to get in contact with the students from the floor below because you couldn’t sleep all night long. Even in the countryside people often ignore one another, or even fight against each other. The garden fence becomes more of a line of demarcation. Wouldn’t you love to have pleasant contacts with the people around you?

Meet Lou Ridsdale from Ballarat in Australia. Ballarat is situated around 120 k’s from Melbourne.

Lou is organizing the „food is free laneway“ along her garden fence. It is a combination of guerilla gardening, food sharing and neighbourly help.

Attention! People share greens. Plants, seeds, veggies, salads, spices and everything that is growing in the gardens in town. Watch the short clip!

The people behind the camera are also special. They should have their own post. See for yourself click here!


Guerilla Gardening Berlin © Esther 2015

If you missed the last posts about the Zero Waste approach of a Fastfood restaurant in Chicago click here. Or have a look how towns or even cities deal with recycling at its best. Let me know what inspires you! What is your reason to hope for a better future?


CARRIER OF HOPE 2 – Examples of Zero Waste

Category: Waste

After the last post in this category, we are now travelling from Chicago to Kamikatsu. But not only Japan ist ready for a change, also San Francisco is in the game.

No. 1  Kamikatsu, Japan

A town with one goal: Zero Waste Town!

The 2,000 inhabitants have to sort their waste into 34 different categories. Imagine that in your home! What would your family say to this? Extreme recycling! The citizens not only have to separate the rubbish, they also have to wash the waste, that is presumed to be cheaper and more sustainable than purchasing an incinerator. The citizen are obliged to compost the biodegradable waste at home. One by-effect is the decreasing amount of wasted food. Every family hast to bring the rubbish, sorted and washed to the city recycling centre. This is a rigorous answer to the ever-increasing amount of waste and the exploding landfills.

Watch the short documentary:

No. 2  San Francisco, USA

Is this possible, a Zero Waste City?

Again we are in the United States, this time in the fourth biggest city in California with an estimated population of 850,000. San Francisco is the cultural, commercial, and financial centre of Northern California, and is reaching for the goal to become a Zero Waste City. The new recycling program started 2009.

The system works similar to other countries such as Germany: The more waste you produce the more you pay. You have a green container for compost, a blue container for recyclables and a black waste container. Everything in the black container ends in the landfill, that is also the reason why the city will charge you more for this container. In each container is a micro ship. The waste collection will register, if you use the service. Easy: no waste to collect, no fee to pay. One smart move was to ban plastic bags in the city. The key concept is to reduced a huge amount of waste from ending up in the landfill. As Major Lee proclaims: The city is supposed to have a recycling ratio of 80%, in contrast to an estimated 35% in other american cities. 

You find  many different clips, here you see one that is giving a good overview:

Naturally you may ask: „Why is this necessary? Wouldn’t it be better to stop producing waste in the first place?“ I would say Yes. Even if many people tell this would be nonsense – because the system needs consumerism to survive, and rubbish is just one little by-product. The real „Zero Waste“ approach is in my opinion the fact that you don’t produce any waste at all. Nonetheless we have to start somewhere, and not all of us are able to live a self-sufficient life in the country side. We want to manage our work, home and family and still do as much for the environment as possible. Every person and every day matters!

Everyone of us plays her or his little part. Every big idea or improvement started as a thought or a small initiative. Let’s not doubt before we take the first step!

As for sure you always have more than one side. That’s the reason I will mention some further thoughts: Quentin Kopp for example is one of the critics, he doubts the 80% recycling. Furthermore San Francisco has a problem with black market and rubbish thievery. A disturbing fact is that most of the recycling material is shipped to Asia to produce more articles that we’re supposed to be in need of. Seeing that 40% of the population of Kamikatsu are not happy with the rigid recycling policy, is a hint of the obstacles we are facing. Where are the limits of strict regulations like that?

In Germany people are already in doubt, that recycling in general is done correctly, in other words many people mistrust the recycling system. And if you count all the waste incineration plants we’d built one maybe think twice if one walks to the next recycling bin. Even if we already have to import millions of tons of waste from all over the world to fuel the thirst of our incineration plants, there are still more under construction. One day waste might be more than the sum of its pieces.

My personal conclusion: Consume less, live more, de-clutter your life, live healthier, act in behalf of your loved ones! Or what is your solution? Let me know!

Next time we will explore ways to live a different lifestyle without regret.