climate activism

Climate change is the biggest challenge of the 21st century and one we cannot ignore as parents. What can we do to make sure our children have a future worth living and the chance to contemplate having their own children?

 

There are multiple answers. But it always boils down to two things:

  • reducing our human footprint
  • restoring natural habitats

With this in mind, I strive, in my personal and professional life, as well as in my "free time" to support these goals. Find out how here...


Reducing human footprint

In my personal life

  • No air travel
  • Flexitarian (meat max. 2 a week)
  • Consciously limiting dairy products
  • Commuting by bike
  • Choice of responsible banking
  • Choice of renewable energy provider
  • Vegetable garden enthusiast
  • Simple and frugal living (food, travel, fashion, home)
  • Education of my children to pass on these values
  • Conscious choices when it comes to digital footprint (in particular equipment and video streaming consumption)

In my professional life

  • Choice of responsible bank for my business account
  • No cloud storage
  • Regular clean-up of emails
  • Pictures and videos downsized to a minimum
  • Careful sourcing of products and services 
  • Limit printing to a minimum
  • Keeping an eye out for promoting green parenting where possible and appropriate: second-hand clothes and furniture, breastfeeding, local travel, washable diapers etc

Other projetcs

  • Founder and leader for the project "Ecocitoyennes" - an environmental citizen's initiative offering workshops on specific topics related to individual footprint (travel, finance, food, etc)
  • Assistance for individuals to calculate their footprint in specific category and how to reduce it
  • Values for the project: inclusion (regardless of age, social class, buying power, gender), neutrality (not sponsored by any brand or investment group), empathy (no judgement is passed on the participants) and joy (the changes need to bring joy and not be impossible to carry out)


Restoring natural habitats

In my personal life

  • Owner of a city allotment: composting, growing vegetables as well as flowers helping pollinators
  • Member of several NGOs aiming at restoring natural forests
  • Yearly birthday and Christmas fundraisers for climate organisations
  • Using providers who redistribute part of their profit to restoring natural habitats (Ecosia, Treeday but also finance providers such as GLS Bank)
  • Guerilla gardening

In my professional life

  • One Baby, One Tree: Baby in Berlin is committed to redistribute 2% of their profits to the Bergwald Projekt (see more details hereunder). Our aim is to help plant 30 trees per year with this initiative. 2020 is our first year so we'll report when we know more!
  • Using providers who redistribute part of their profit to restoring natural habitats (Ecosia, Treeday but also finance providers such as GLS Bank)

Other projects

  • The project "Ecocitoyennes" (see above) also indirectly helps restoring natural habitats by advocating the change to providers who redistribute part of their profit to restoring natural habitats (Ecosia, Treeday but also finance providers such as GLS Bank)
  • The participants to the workshops are invited to make a donation for their attendance, which will then be redistributed to the Bergwald Projekt (see hereunder).


Find out more

About the project Ecocitoyennes (under construction)

About the Bergwald Projekt

 

The Bergwald Project was founded in 1987 to help with the preservation and restoration of German forests. They are doing an amazing job at planting a diversity of trees which will help create stronger forests, more resistant to diseases, droughts and fires, and which will better retain water in the soil. The trees they plant are also in protected areas and will not be cut for wood, as opposed to many other "carbon offsetting" projects.