• International Day of Disaster Reduction
    Climate

    October 13: International Day of Disaster Reduction

    Do you dream of a world without disasters?   It is a must for humankind to be prepared at short notice to minimize damages and grave dangers that are thrust upon us by natural and fabricated emergencies. There is one day every October reminding us of our ability to prevent harm by nature, and human provoked catastrophes.   The United Nations declared October 13 the day to enforce this well-needed recognition(1).  Furthermore, in 2016, a framework was launched to mitigate the likelihood of disasters and ensuing losses of happening(2).    The Sendai Framework named seven priorities to reduce global disasters the number of affected people direct economic loss from catastrophes…

  • 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…

  • 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…