awesome! a beautiful, free and open font for the climate movement.
and pretty much anyone who intends to use it for “non-commercial and non-climate denial” purposes. thanks, Matthew Anderson!
download at klima.io

awesome! a beautiful, free and open font for the climate movement.

and pretty much anyone who intends to use it for “non-commercial and non-climate denial” purposes. thanks, Matthew Anderson!

download at klima.io

we all make history all the time. 3 ways to be a human butterfly: highlight an issue, withdraw your consent of something you disapprove of, or build a better alternative. what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

the key is not to make despair convincing, but to make hope possible.

this is just awesome: the climate name change. a petition to change the naming system of hurricanes, from innocent first names to those climate change deniers in power who are responsible for the catastrophes we face. 

last saturday, it was time for another silent climate parade in berlin. it was simply wonderful, and i think the video shows it: beautiful people dancing for a more beautiful world.

August 24, Berlin, Ku’damm - The Silent Climate Parade is back!

The Silent Climate Parade is a demonstration in Berlin to raise awareness about urgent need to solve the climate change problem. With wireless headphones, quality DJs on electromobiles, signs, flyers, choreographies, and lots of enthusiasm, we dance silently through the streets in a fun, colorful and inspiring action to catch people’s attention. We do this to show that it’s possible to have fun, be climate friendly, and make a political statement at the same time. Let’s get moving!

How did it all start? You can read the story of the SCP on our website.

And we need your support: We’re crowdfunding on betterplace to make this day possible again. Can you help us to organize the best Silent Climate Parade ever? Could you donate/reblog/share/like/tweet our campaign? THANKS!!

By the way, there will also be a SCP in Essen just a week later!

Heute im Tagesspiegel: Von Beruf: Weltretter

Heute im Tagesspiegel: Von Beruf: Weltretter

nice appearance by the always-amazing naomi klein on bill moyers. 30 min worth watching. i love her analysis of most climate activist messages that target the individual (‘you can do something about it by changing your behavior’) and often neglect the necessity for collective action. this point is the reason i finally became a fan of annie leonard’s story of stuff series when she presented the story of change, and what i love about occupy movement: the realization that we need to break out of the individualistic thinking that keeps us competing against each other rather than working together. we’re all in the same boat and should start acting more like it.

i’m mostly contemplating her point that part of the reason why public opinion on the subject of climate change has been so shaky is the discrepancy between saying ‘this is a huge, armageddon-style problem’ but suggesting that the solutions only have a very minor impact on our lives (‘changing light bulbs’) and do not demand big sacrifices from anyone. maybe it’s because ‘being radical’ has been put in such a bad public light, and the public debate tends to frame climate activists as radical - while it’s actually the other way round, as mckibben so rightly points out: the true radicals are those who are fundamentally changing the composition of the atmosphere.

i’m no historian, but i do tend to agree with her (as i usually do..) that this is the greatest problem we’ve ever faced as humanity. it’s what makes this the most interesting issue to work on and be a part of.

by the way, also just in: 350.org is calling climate activists around the world to join the global power shift kick-off in istanbul from 10-17 june 2013. i’m hoping i can join, and look forward to meet climate activists from around the world!

350.org on the Do The Math Tour: 3 sold-out nights so far, and clear language: 5 times more than is safe to burn.

It’s simple math: we can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them.

What we can do? Well, join the tour, join the movement. It sounds very promising, with an interesting program and some great guests, incl. Naomi Klein and Kumi Naidoo. Wish the tour would make it to Europe.

And I like the approach of divestment from the fossil fuel industry to solve this problem:

It just doesn’t make sense for universities to invest in a system that will leave their students no livable planet to use their degrees on, or for pension funds to invest in corporations that will ruin the world we plan to retire in.
The one thing we know the fossil fuel industry cares about is money. Universities, pension funds, and churches invest a lot of it. If we start with these local institutions and hit the industry where it hurts — their bottom line — we can get their attention and force them to change. This was a key part of how the world ended the apartheid system in South Africa, and we hope it can have the same effect on the climate crisis.