I believe in the human creativity.I believe in our capability to find solutions in an extremely changing situation. But so far, we don’t see any direct consequences. So far, at least in my privileged situation I can enjoy the sunshine, supermarkets are full.
Because this time, it’s on us to draw consequences.
I say this time, because this is not the first crisis humanity goes through. But did we ever know beforehand that a crisis was going to happen?Will future generations look back at us thinking: How could they have known and just let it happen?
My relationship to climate change started when I saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in class when I was sixteen. I was outraged, I couldn’t believe it:We have to stop now, we will die, ice bears are dying, look at what’s happening, HOW CAN ANYONE SEE ANYTHING ELSE THAN THIS?
Soon enough I felt numbed. I could see that this way of storytelling nobody wanted to listen to for a long time. I didn’t want to listen to it for a long time. And I didn’t. I got distracted.
I was privileged to travel. I got to see a Permaculture Project, with flourishing plants, flowing water, flours, fruits, beauty, in midst of the plastic desert of Almeria in South Spain, where a lot of Germany’s vegetables are produced in greenhouse monoculture.
I could be part of a Community Supported Agriculture where young families were exchanging tips on how to make eating lots of beetroot fun in February.
I saw Mashpi, a food forest project in Ecuador, where Bananas grow within an ecosystem of various local fruits around the house, a place where kids learn to know their plants again.
I can see the EU supporting agro ecological thinking,
I can see Foodsharing, that saved 2,1 Mio kg food from being thrown away since their foundation in 2012,
I can see BlablaCar and Carsharing popping up everywhere, making the use of cars more efficient as well as letting people meet,
I see Slow Foods Campaign “Menu for Change”
I see Bra’s new system of Garbage separation, a piece of Policy guiding citizens to responsible decisions.
I ask you, Politicians and Policymakers out there to respond to the knowledge we have of Climate Change and draw concrete consequences, so we can get creative within a new framework!