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Back in Germany – How I feel now

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23. Oct 2015
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Back in Germany I did notice that i finally got my idea of distance back! You don’t have any clue in Greenland about distance so that an envisaged 15 minutes way can take up to one hour or even more. In addition the ambient noise is totally different what is easy to imagine. Cars, the subway and roadworks are the daily sound effects in Germany.

Especially in conversations with my class, with my family or in other groups where nature or the climatic change was part in I feel more certain to comment. Furthermore I noticed that I intervene more often when friends don’t show respect for Nature and the raw materials they bought by throwing rubbish on the ground or throwing plastic bottles in the bin instead for recycling them because it is more convenience. (In Germany you get like 0,28$ per bottle!) What really is noticeable is that particularly the point of convenience is a thorn in the flesh of the improvement in climate change. If the most convenience way was the environmentally friendly one we would have less problems right now.

It is our assignment to get people out of their convenience in which they are right now and to find new ways to make actions for nature more easy and attractive. What really caught my attention in school was when we learned about so called „Nudges“ in economy class. A Nudge should affect the behavior and action of people without them noticing. A succeeded example for a Nudge is that the rubbish on danish streets got reduced for about 40% just by drawing green footprints on the ground who tend to guide to public garbage cans. Nudges find more uses by changing for example the former habits like reduce the wastage of paper by printing double-paged. Printers can therefore be set on double-page from the first. Only people who have an objection against has to change the setup then. Summarized, Nudges are changing habits and are improving them in many ways.

Right now it is important to teach young people and children more and earlier about the topic of climate change and the consequences and also what to do to help.

For the people who already have their own (selfish) opinion about the importance of nature and a lifestyle my message is: turn off your egoism. We are not the only creatures on planet earth and we have the responsibility for the future generations!

Last Edited: 23. Oct 2015
  • Delphine Zacharias

    Hello world! My name is Delphine Zacharias, I am 17 years old and I live in Hamburg (Germany). I am in the junior year of the oldest UNESCO school in Germany, the Helene-Lange gymnasium where my focus areas lie in art, theater and politics. Besides school I will start two years of an economy course at the chamber of commerce in Hamburg, called "Junge Akademie" in September. In my free time after school I like to go to fitness or dance gym courses, exploring in the topic of fashion or going to art exhibitions. As I think fashion is a really interesting and always changing domain, I would love to work in that business in my near future. I also can not doubt that the fashion industry has an impact on damage of nature, for example by environmentally harmful processes or by using chemicals, but that is one of the things I think we can change and which I want to change. I am part of this project to get a voice, to inspire young people and also myself and to show the world that we can change everything if we will work together as one big community. Lets change the perspective!

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