What environmental activism and fascism have in common

A brief history of environmentalism in Germany There are strict rules governing environmental protection in Germany. Natural areas are protected in different degrees of importance. For example, there are areas of international and national importance related to the value of the habitat, their value for (migrating) birds or just areas with a great landscape, which … Read more What environmental activism and fascism have in common

How to deal with impending climate disaster

I previously talked about how to not get too depressed about climate change. But there are other responses in the face of the coming ecopocalypse. The climate emergency is not the first time in history that many people think the world will end soon. In 1954 a UFO cult around the Chigaco house wife Dorothy … Read more How to deal with impending climate disaster

How to try and not get climate change depression

Rule 1: Be critical I want to be happy and hopeful. That’s why I stopped looking at the “news”, basically don’t use social media (no facebook, no twitter, 15 minutes of youtube and instagram max.) and try and read good news. But when you are critical, you dig and you uncover things. And often, they … Read more How to try and not get climate change depression

Decluttering: Peace with your stuff

Manuela Höfner is a decluttering coach. The many facets of her story are utterly fascinating. She started out as a tax advisor. After happily helping people with their tax for 25 years she noticed that those who had their documentation in order were MUCH happier than those with lots of bits of paper stuffed in … Read more Decluttering: Peace with your stuff

Beauty and value in the modern age

“Quality … you know what it is, yet you don’t know what it is. But that’s self-contradictory. Some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes Poof! – Robert Pirsig, Zen and … Read more Beauty and value in the modern age

5 lessons I learned from beehives

I visited the German bee museum in Weimar last week. It was founded in 1910 by Ferdinand Gerstung. Gerstung was a big deal in the early twentieth century beekeeping world and introduced the concept of “the bien”. The “Bien” considered the whole hive-super-organism instead of focusing on the individual bees. While bees are totally amazing and I … Read more 5 lessons I learned from beehives

Why it’s important to be articulate

The way humans communicate is a very inefficient process called language. We don’t think about the miracle of speech very often but the way it works is pretty incredible. I have no better way of expressing it, so let’s quote the great Tim Urban: “The next time you’re talking to someone, I want you to stop … Read more Why it’s important to be articulate