• How to become a sustainable travel pro

    Sustainable Tourism in Benin – First steps to become a sustainable travel pro –

    The world is looking with fear and anxiety on Eastern Europe. We truly believe that cultural understanding and leadership are necessary to provide a broader perspective and enable us to take responsibility. With our interview we would like to encourage you to travel, understand the locals and see connections instead of barriers. Enjoy reading and share your thoughts with us! 1. Please give us an introduction about 2Morrow Trip and how you would like to change the world! 2Morrow Trip is a tourism agency located in Cotonou in the Benin Republic. We provide sustainable and authentic travel experiences by jumping into Benin’s rich culture. Benin is a Western African country…

  • Consumption

    An easy guide to have a positive impact

    Reaching the Paris Agreement Goals is one of the most important objectives of our time. Still, what can WE do as individuals? We would like to welcome Viola who will tell us more about our personal impact on climate change and which actions we can take. Viola was LCP in Mannheim (2013/2014) and is now the proud COO & Co-Founder of worldwatchers. worldwatchers is an innovative Climate Tech Start-Up which enables companies, organizations, and individuals to measure, optimize and manage their own emissions. What is a personal CO2 Footprint? In general, a CO2 footprint is the sum of all greenhouse gases emitted by direct (directly created by an individual) or…

  • Read the World

    How to create beautiful treasures with upcycling!

    Let us introduce you to our first Alumni Expert from Austria who is an expert for “upcycling” and an ambassador for SDG 12 “Sustainable Consumption and Production”. Dear Bernadette, we are very pleased to welcome you as one of our sustainability experts. Let’s start with our interview. What is Bernandl about? Under the label “Bernanderl” I devote myself to upcycling on a very high quality level. Turning old, dusty books into unique bags is my specialty. My goal is to make old things shine again and give them a second chance by adding a totally different function to the original materials. Besides creating very special bags out of books. I…

  • SDG13

    Take Climate Action

    Climate Action is crucial to make a contribution towards the global challenge of climate change and also one of the sustainable development goals. 2019 was the second-warmest year ever recorded and the end of the warmest period ranging from 2010-2019 [1]. It’s obvious that an increase in temperature is connected to a warming of our oceans that is not only threatening marine sea life, but also causing the melting of Arctic ice [1]. Higher temperatures also cause a decrease in grain yield which is a great danger in terms of the global food provision [1]. Furthermore, climate change is a global threat and challenge that demands to take action in…

  • Alumni Talks, Sustainable Travel

    Travel: The Sustainable Way!

    Travelling – something we truly miss because it brings us a deeper understanding of the world around us and helps us to break down barriers by learning about different cultures. Thanks to our four speakers we had the chance to learn about travelling sustainably in February’s Alumni Talks. They took us on a virtual trip across the world and showed us a more conscious way to explore the globe. Our first speaker was Ada from Poland. Her passion: To dive head-over into different carnival traditions across Europe. This is how she gains access to different cultures. In her talk “Traveling to dive into cultures instead for Insta fame” she leads…

  • Sustainable christmas gifts

    Sustainable Giving During Christmas Time

    Christmas is a very special time of the year for a lot of people. We are more generous and buy our dear ones precious gifts, which will be nicely wrapped and opened within a festive surrounding. But have you ever thought about where your gifts were produced and under what circumstances? Do you need to buy more and more, gifting the same stuff you have already gifted for the last couple of years? If you are considering transitioning yourself to a more sustainable lifestyle, you can strongly support SDG 12 by promoting sustainable production and consumption. Here is a short guideline to easily choose gifts more sustainably and bring value…

  • Zero Waste

    How zero-waste stores minimize your amount of waste

    This month I would like to showcase how zero-waste shops can help you to reduce your amount of waste and work towards a more sustainable lifestyle. You might have already heard about the concept of zero waste, but let’s have a small recap of its definition: “Zero Waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health ” [1]. Another important topic is circular economy which is closely related to this matter and aims to produce, consume, reuse and recycle products…

  • Sustainable cities and communities
    Sustainable City

    SDG 11: Sustainable Transition in former industrial areas

    Sustainable cities and regions only develop and sustain prosperity, if changes are made. Sustainable transition aims to transform socio-ecological systems towards sustainability and implies changes on different levels in society including individuals, businesses and policy makers [1]. This is where SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities” comes in and matches well to the topic of the article, because already 55% of the world population live in urban areas [2]. And due to the current COVID-19 pandemic most cases are observed in urban areas, therefore there is an urgent need to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” [2]. Let me introduce you to an amazing yet underrated…

  • Beethoven Pastoral Day

    How music is showing us the beauty of nature or why Beethoven is an ambassador for the SDGs

    Music is a powerful source of inspiration and a universal language that evokes emotions. It has the power to transport the beauty of nature. You probably know that Beethoven loved nature and wrote one special oeuvre “Symphony No. 6” to praise and protect nature [1]. Did you know that Beethoven the famous composer who was born in Bonn, Germany celebrates his 250th jubilee in 2020[2]? To honour his works, the “Pastoral Project” was established by the United Nations and BTHVN 2020 to invite artists to reinterpret his music in light of current ecological challenges. Music shall raise awareness about climate change, the destruction and loss of nature and biodiversity in…

  • Green Cities
    Sustainable City

    Sustainable Cities Around the Globe

    Have you ever thought about the quality of life in your city and how sustainable it is? Is your public transportation working well, or is it a nightmare to use? Or, is there no alternative to taking your car and endless traffic queues? Are there enough green spaces saving you from suffocating on smog that allow you to slow down? Can you still afford your apartment or house within the city limits? Let us have a closer look at Sustainable Development Goal No. 11, which focuses on sustainable cities and communities: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Many cities and urban areas around the globe already…