• Sustainable christmas gifts
    Consumption

    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
    Consumption

    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
    Climate

    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…

  • Sustainable Tourism
    Consumption

    How Your Community Can Empower Sustainable Tourism

    SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting global lockdown and the travel restrictions are a massive shock to the tourism industry in every nation. It is estimated that tourism arrivals could fall by 20%-30% compared to 2019. Tourism is among the industries that are hit the hardest by the global pandemic [1]. But what exactly can be done in these tough times? This question was asked among our community members in Africa and Europe because we all are passionate travellers and explorers, who are now confined to one location. Therefore, we started a video project that showcases our whereabouts with our unique perspective, so together we can break out of our daily routine.…

  • Climate Change
    Climate

    Goal 13: Climate Action – a Stable Climate for a Healthy Planet

    Even before “Fridays for Future” started and moved thousands across the globe to stand up and demand politicians to take action against climate change, researchers proclaimed that the worldwide ecosystem is in great danger. This man-made change will severely influence our daily lives, and it poses a huge threat to human life as we know it. But what exactly are the effects of climate change? According to the researchers, humanity has to face: Rising temperatures (1) More droughts and heat waves (2) Rising sea levels due to melting ice sheets and glaciers (3) Loss of landmass and livelihoods (4) Negative impacts on food and freshwater security (4) Negative impacts on…

  • Corporate Citizenship
    Climate,  Consumption,  Uncategorized

    Is your company a corporate citizen?

    Our world is getting more and more complex and globally we face different challenges which need new ways of thinking and acting. Corporate citizenship describes an approach for companies to be a “good citizen”, if they engage and give back to society and the environment [1]. How is this approach connected to the SDGs? Let’s have a closer look at our society, because especially millennials put a lot of pressure on companies. 81% of the millennials have a high awareness about the SDGs and they expect the private sector to commit to them. [2] But why should businesses care for the SDGs? ‘The Sustainable Development Goals are fundamental cornerstones to…

  • Sustainable City

    How can you improve urban life?

    If you live in urban areas, you may sometimes have the impression that some cities look greener than others. While running from point A to B and C you probably ask yourself where you can find an urban oasis a place to rest and maybe spend some time around nature. Bigger cities often have parks and other recreational sites, but smaller towns lack these green areas or often have less. Therefore, in many cities around the globe people started to create such spaces which also include the possibility to engage within a community. What is urban Gardening? “Urban gardening is the process of growing plants of all types and varieties…

  • Sustainable Tourism
    Consumption

    A Contribution to Sustainable Travelling

    Have you ever been lost in one of these crowded places wondering why there are so many people? Buzzwords like flight shaming, over-tourism, and climate change are well known since 1.4 billion tourism arrivals were counted globally by UNWTO in 2018 (1). The middle class is rising, and it is accompanied by the wish to explore and travel the world (2). No matter how you define travel for yourself, local people already recognize that tourism sometimes also brings negative effects: rise in CO2 emissions, crowded places, rising prices for housing and food, bad air quality where cruise ships are landing, and their pollution of the environment (3). Sustainable Tourism Is…