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Feinstaub, Klimawandel, Plastik: die Frage, wie wir diese Probleme lösen und die Erde für uns und nachfolgende Generationen erhalten können, beschäftigt derzeit Menschen weltweit. In unserem Dossier tragen wir internationale Perspektiven zusammen.

Key visual of Blog, engage, act! Ilustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Blog, engage, act!

Young people around the world have been taking to the streets for more climate justice since 2018. What drives them? What ideas do they have for the future? And how do they get organized? Eight bloggers and activists from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain explore these questions for Blog, Engage, Act!

When demonstrations become impossible, the climate protest finds another way: whether online, from an open window – or both at the same time. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Keystone/Alexandra Wey

Environmental activism
Climate strike online

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, climate protests have mostly moved to the internet. We take a look at the environmental movements online world. 

Lisbon: Green Capital Photo (Detail): © Shutterstock

European Green Capital
Green … Greener … Lisbon?

As Europe’s Green Capital 2020, Lisbon has recently been expanding and improving public transport, reducing water and energy consumption, and greening the urban environment. But is that all that is needed to be Europe’s Green Capital?

Bad Berleburg in North Rhine-Westphalia received the German Sustainability Award for Small Towns in 2020. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Norbert Probst/imageBROKER

Sustainable Towns
Digital Villages, Green Towns

Germany’s most sustainable towns and cities rely on the participation of their residents. Quite a lot can be achieved even with comparatively few financial resources.

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Sustainable Transport in Antwerp and Brussels © Goethe-Institut Belgium

Sustainable Transport
Out and About in Antwerp and Brussels

We were out and about in Antwerp and Brussels, and talked to experts about sustainable transport in the two cities. What are the most urgent issues in relation to sustainable transport? What good practices are there in your city? Where do you see your city in terms of sustainable transport in 2030?

Dance party with a dark side: open-air music festivals emit huge amounts of CO2. Photo (detail): © Adobe

Green Touring
Culture should not destroy the climate

Artists and producers from the music scene are actively interested in environmental conservation. Some question whether preventing plastic waste at festivals and concerts is enough though when the travel involved in touring itself produces tons of CO2.

Will over 30 kilometres of cable car system soon be transporting passengers across the Rhine in Cologne? Photo (detail): © picture alliance/dpa/Federico Gambarini

Air Quality
Working towards Cleaner Air in Germany’s Cities

Anyone in search of a deep, refreshing lungful of fresh air should probably head to the mountains or the seaside. A big city is unlikely to offer prime quality air. More and more German cities are taking measures to clean up the air.

Reforestation for air travel: What do carbon offset projects achieve? Photo (detail): © Adobe

Climate Change
Carbon Compensation – a Feel-Good Solution?

Carbon offset schemes promise to compensate for the emissions caused by private individuals – as air travellers, for instance – with donations to climate projects. But are they not just a way of salving guilty consciences?  

The Piesteritz housing estate with no cars and generous green spaces and gardens is still a model for urban development today. Photo (detail): © Julius Lukas

Piesteritz Garden City
Always ahead of Its Time

Piesteritz Garden City was revolutionary when it was built 100 years ago. As Germany’s largest car-free housing estate, it could still serve as a model settlement today – if its continued existence were not under threat.