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Shit Sells – While children die

Famine was declared in two regions of Somalia yesterday – the first time  since 1992 – with 3.7 million people needing urgent humanitarian assistance. A further 8 million people require food in neighbouring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia. The pictures are staggering. Over 11 million people are at risk of starvation in East Africa. […]

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Our e-waste poisons children in Africa

The truth about the afterlife of our old gadgets. Have you ever wondered what becomes of the old computers we throw away and forget all about the minute we turn on the new one? Or that mobile phone you had last year but replaced with a new shiny iPhone? In his book “Permanent Error” the […]

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Recovery in Garbage

A small tranquil square in the south of Munich is supposed to give the harried citizens some recreation. It’s really nice, a stream flows here entwined by trees and flowers. Everything is perfect to spend a relaxing weekend day, and to let thoughts fly. Almost everything! Apparently it takes the stressed Earthling lots of alcohol, […]

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Fairtrade – A great idea

Fairtrade has experienced impressive growth. In the last four years global sales have more than tripled and hundreds more producer organizations have become certified. Over the last 20 years Fairtrade sales of Fairtrade certified products have increased phenomenally. Marginalized farming communities throughout the developing world now benefit from fairer terms of trade. Through growing consumer […]

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Where do we want to grow?

Economic growth Today I attended a talk which focused on development assistance in Africa. I was quite impressed when this picture was shown. It illustrates in a simple way the distribution of advanced, rich nations. I was thinking how our battered world will be like in 100 years, concidering our current, not sustainable growth rate […]

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The 1€ Idea! Or how to make billions out of one!

The 1 Euro Idea! I was never good in math, and I have not studied economics. But an idea is buzzing around in my head for quite some time that is so simple that I can not believe no one had come to it before. We always hear there is no money. Stop hunger? No […]

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Earth Hour München

Earth Hour Munich, a photo by hipydeus on Flickr. Munich was rather disappointing. The light from the town hall and a church was turned off. Otherwise, all the lights were bright as day in all shops and commercial buildings. No one was there and no one was interested. Well it was raining, and on TV […]

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Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011 a video by hipydeus on Flickr. At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and hundreds of million people across the world from all walks of life turn off their lights and come together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing […]

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TASTE THE WASTE

European households throw away 100 billion euros worth of food each year. 90 million tons of food, enough to fill 3 million trucks stretched around the equator. This is twice the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the world. Considering the population of the EU (739 Miliion) and USA (310 Million) the […]

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