The war is raging on, and all other crises are also going strong.
It’s time for a break – the blog will return in September.
Here’s a selection of upcoming climate rallies and protests:
See you there!
(AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, Crunchyroll, 8/7/22)
As the crises continue, I’m running out of things to write:
- The Tsar is still killing people
- The Climate Emergency is still killing people
- The SARS-CoV-2 virus is still killing people
These three disasters are connected, and we can tie them to using fossil fuels and over-consumption.
Unfortunately, our governments are not doing much about these issues besides lip service. So, what can we as individuals do?
- Send money to Ukraine
- Switch to bicycles and public transport
- Wear a mask and get vaccinated
And join the rallies worldwide, trying to pressure our governments to look up and act!
(Bicycle rally, Cologne, 6/19/22)
“At times like this, all we can do is practice the world we’re trying to live in.”
(Quote taken from TeenVogue: Roe and Privacy Rights by Namrata Verghese)
And indeed, this is all we can do if we do not want to succumb to despair.
I am utterly disgusted by the inaction of my government towards the war in Ukraine – they are altogether abandoning any pretense to support the people there but focusing solely on economic gains.
Covid-19 is in the usual summer slump but far from over – the incidence rate in Cologne is at 210 right now; we can expect new viruses to emerge relatively soon.
And don’t get me started on the climate emergency – even though the danger is a little less immediate than the war, it is a much more significant threat to our planet and species. Just look up!
(100 Maps and the War, Katapult Magazine, May 2022)
The tsarist autocracy is still waging its bloody war against the people of Ukraine. And our government is still holding back on support.
I had expected much better from the ruling Social Democrats. Still, they are unfazed in their allegiance to Russia, even though they suffered a massive defeat in the last state elections.
Especially our chancellor seems to be utterly tone-deaf to the needs of the Ukrainian people and public support for them in Germany.
But this is only one of the three crises we currently face: There is the climate emergency and the fossil fuel lobby that is trying to reverse the course towards renewable energy and the 1.5-degree goal. And Covid-19 is far from over, as the current spread of monkeypox shows.
We staged a state-wide rally this Saturday to pressure our politicians to address all three crises, stop importing energy from Russia, and secure a future for our planet.
(NRW rally, Roncalli Platz, 5/21/22)
The war in Europe continues to ravage Ukraine, and our government is still not doing even remotely enough to support the people and fight the tsarist autocracy.
Same for the other two crises: If RWE gets to use all the lignite at the Garzweiler mine, we’ll be right on our path to 3 degrees warming. It’s not very likely that we as a species will survive that.
The Covid-19 incidence rate in Cologne is again slightly lower, at 530. By now, almost everybody I know has had Covid-19 at least once. And we do know that every infection depletes the immune system. Do the math.
(Opening rally, Immenrath, 4/23/22)
We’re facing three significant crises right now:
- The war in Ukraine
- The Climate Emergency
- The Covid-19 pandemic
Our country is not addressing either of them properly.
The incidence has remained flat at 1550.
Last Friday, we took to the streets again to demand action!
(Global Climate Strike, Rheinpark, 3/25/22)
Actions speak – as Jakub Janda points out on Twitter. So true!
Germany has done almost nothing to support Ukraine against the murderous attacks from Russia; instead, it continues to fund the war through massive imports of oil, coal, and gas.
The actions of our government are shameful, at best.
As with Afghanistan, the lesson to the world is that Germany will only look after its interests and betray you in a blink of an eye.
The German inaction will be an issue during the next global climate strike; in Cologne, it will be on Friday, March 25, at noon in Rheinpark.
Regarding Covid, the incidence has gone back down to 1670 in Cologne.
(Burning Kangaroo, Cologne, 3/19/22)
One week into the second year, the incidence figures are going through the roof; Cologne is at 186 right now.
Similar lousy news from the COP – to speak with Greta, it’s time to stop the blah blah blah and get down to concrete action and reduce greenhouse gas emissions right now.
On the same subject, I am trying to change what we eat to plant-based only; unfortunately, I’m gaining weight again – back to calorie-counting. Sigh.
(Vegan Santa, Cologne, 11/7/21)
One year later and the incidence figures are rising again, as predicted; Cologne is at 151 right now.
The people with the highest risk are our most important and, at the same time, most vulnerable group: Our children – our future.
Why do we not do more to protect them?
We are not only failing them with Covid-19, but we’re also failing them in dealing with global heating. COP26 does not seem to be the breakthrough our planet needs. Our leaders are talking about reaching a compromise – as if they could discuss with Physics. It’s so simple: To stop the global warming of our planet, we need to stop burning fossil fuels. Now.
One place where we try to defend our planet is Lützerath – come and join activists from all over the world!
(1.5 degree limit, Lützerath, 10/31/21)
Not surprisingly, the incidence in Cologne has gone up again; it’s at 93 right now and rising. Are we officially in the fourth wave yet?
Last Friday, we had another global climate strike in Berlin. We wanted to increase the pressure on the coalition talks underway between the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the Liberals, to make sure they keep the climate emergency at the forefront of their negotiations. Also, COP26 is around the corner, and we need to focus on actions this time, not on another round of pledges.
The protest in Berlin was quite a success, with 20,000 people attending from all over the country.
The police, however, did not behave that well and used force against some protesters.
Also, the Social Democrats were quite upset at a social media post referencing one of their grave historical mistakes during the formation of the First Republic. Oh well.
(Global Climate Strike, Berlin, 10/22/21)