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At the big climate strike of Fridays for future

The clock is ticking - Fridays for future
The clock is ticking – Fridays for future

Greenpicks at the big climate strike of Fridays for future in Cologne

Bright sunshine, perfect weather, the Cologne Cathedral in the background – ideal conditions for a day of sightseeing.
But there are more important things at the moment: On this Friday morning at the end of May 2019, about 12,000 pupils, students, parents and other participants gather in Cologne on the Roncalliplatz for the big climate strike. This makes them part of the global climate strike initiated by the Fridays for Future movement on the occasion of the European elections. As a Cologne-based company, owner Annette Husmann of Greenpicks has taken up the cause to support the young climate protesters today. With the online marketplace greenpicks.de/enGreenpicks, founded in 2012, it is her heartfelt concern to counteract climate change with sustainable products.

Big Strike Fridays for future Cologne May 2019
Big Strike Fridays for future Cologne May 2019

Before the kick-off rally begins, one might think that one has landed on a very large schoolyard, amidst many pupils of different ages, who are talking animatedly. If there were not the countless posters and creative demo signs that the participants firmly hold in their hands and in the air.
You can feel the energy that emanates from the young people. Lively and full of zest for action. With big applause they acknowledge the starting signal of the rally, which is given by the organizers of the “Lauti”, one of the two loudspeaker carriages. The guest role is quickly filed with so much momentum. “Despite the age, I feel part of the whole,” says Annette. “And I feel encouraged to make an important contribution to climate protection with Greenpicks.”

Demands to the policy

The speeches of the opening rally make it clear how much anger has accumulated among the youth. Anger at the fact that politicians are not doing more to stop the climate crisis and implement concrete and effective measures. In particular, the 17-year-old Jana does not mince her words and addresses her dissatisfaction to the German Federal Government. “You praise us instead of changing your politics. We do not want your praise, we want concrete action!”, she shouts and gets thunderous applause. “We have a big problem,” she says about the future prospects of her generation, “and our own government denies the radical urgency of the climate crisis.” As a sign of solidarity, a science representative speaks to the crowd and reiterates the appalling connections between man-made emissions and the climate.

Feet are like a car, only much better!
Feet are like a car, only much better!
Thin Ice, my friend!
Thin Ice, my friend!
Previously, the fish was in the pack, today the pack is in the fish
Previously, the fish was in the pack, today the pack is in the fish

At the demonstration march through the center of Cologne, the students then really show what they are made of. Peaceful but powerful, alive and loud it bangs through the streets: “What do we need? Climate justice! When do we need it? Now!” and “coal companies, dredging in the distance, destroying our environment, just for a penny, and when we see our future: renewable energy!”

Climate demonstrators: Parents for Future and Scientists for Future

According to Fridays for future, more than 1,660 cities in more than 120 countries and a total of 1.6 million young people around the world participated in the global climate strike to strike and fight for the future of humanity and more climate protection. In Germany alone, more than 320,000 people participated in more than 280 cities and towns. The pupils are supported by several other movements, especially the Parents for Future and the Scientists for Future.

Fridays for future Cologne May 2019
Fridays for future Cologne May 2019

The support of now 26,800 scientists (as of May 31, 2019) is for sure for the movement Fridays for Future. Also, more than 1,500 entrepreneurs (as of May 31, 2019) have joined forces in the support movement Entrepreneurs for Future in order to give further expression to the urgency of the demands and to show that sustainable business is awfully well possible. The statements of both organizations have also been signed by Greenpicks.

Seasons are more irregular than my period #FFF
Seasons are more irregular than my period #FFF

We keep our fingers crossed that the demands of the young people are finally taken seriously by the policy, taken up and implemented. The result of the European elections in 2019 among the parties in Germany suggests at least that the topic of climate protection is also becoming more in the focus of the former people’s parties.

The next global climate strike is scheduled for 20 September 2019. We will see what will have happened so far.

Origin:
https://fridaysforfuture.de/24mai/
https://www.scientists4future.org/unterschriften/
https://www.entrepreneurs4future.de/entrepreneure

Photos © Greenpicks, greenpicks.de

Editor’s note: For privacy reasons according to DSGVO the faces of the participants were pixelated.

Our backpack is too heavy – Thoughts on the ecological footprint

Thoughts on the ecological footprint

ecological footprint
ecological footprint ©Iris Streit

A sustainable lifestyle includes a lot of aspects. You can easily get bogged down in details or feel overchallenged. Since the calculation of the own ecological footprint can be helpful.

In this method, all areas of life are taken into account, which consume energy and resources on the one hand and on the other hand have waste products and CO2 emissions as a result. So when individuals nutrition, consumption, mobility and housing. All this adds up the surface in nature, which is necessary for the provision or absorbance. It is measured in global hectares (gha). Comparing the own value with the one our earth has available in total – that’s an average of 1.8 gha – you quickly detect, if you use too much and on what screws you should turn. In Germany, the average value is currently at 5.1 gha. So we take more than nature can give. An African has an ecological footprint of 1.4 gha on average, an Indian even only 0.9 gha (as of 2012). Considering the ecological footprint around the world, we would need 2.8 times our earth to meet the demand.

Sustainable Lifestyle

Saving opportunities arise, for example, by switching to green electricity, so the use of renewable energy, by reducing meat consumption or the use of public transport and the reduction of air travel. A conscious consumption with the focus on consumer durables as well as regional and seasonal foods also reduce your own footprint.

ecological footprint
ecological footprint ©Iris Streit

But all alone you can not do against a lot of the already visible signs of climate change caused by too many greenhouse gases, deforestation, overfishing and the waste problem. You feel lost quickly, considering the full implications of the topic. And quite often creeps up a doubt whether you can even play a part in improving the situation. Isn’t my own contribution so tiny that it does not matter at all?

But if you sum up the impact of lifestyle of all individuals, your own behavior just has one meaning. And if it was just that by your own acting conversations and discussions with friends or colleagues are initiated, which then lead to an awareness of all those involved. This can work as a snowball system. The more people interact more and more conscious of our resources, the greater the effect.

However, it does not work without the companies and local authorities, business and politics. Rethinking unfortunately does not happen overnight. But if we do not try, then nothing will change. If all save energy, resources and waste here and there, a lot would be gained.

More information on the topic you can find in my article at Huffington Post.