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“If the climate was a bank, it would have already been saved”

Thunberg stopped going to school and sat down in front of the Swedish Parliament. She was striking against the lack of action against the climate crisis. Her initiative very quickly went global and reached thousands of other young students across the world. Today, more than 4,175 strikes are taking place according to the #FridayForFuture website. Their message is straightforward: they want politicians to fight climate change to guarantee a safe future for the younger generations. Greta was able to involve not only her peers, but all generations, in the call for tackling the climate crisis, thanks to this existential narrative. …

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Learning to Love

An example for us all

Dinosaurs don’t exist any more They aren’t with us any more, it’s true, but they’ve accompanied me most of my life. I’m talking about dinosaurs, extinct for millions of years and an example for us all. To some extent, when we look at the past that was made with them, we can also see the future. Which must be made by us. I remember that, when I was a child, in the days of the magic cube, there was another small marvel with what was for me a rather peculiar name: Kalkitos. Kalkitos were strips of card with a scene …

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We are in the Air !!! (On Air !!!)

The atmosphere, like the skin of any organism, protects and nourishes this living planet. It protects against cosmic radiation, to which life is very sensitive; regulates the surface temperature through the greenhouse effect; allows the circulation of nutrients and other natural elements; is part of the water cycle; and is the layer where we and many other living things live, develop, reproduce, and evolve. Therefore, suddenly, the atmosphere is no longer something that is up there or outside, but it is the medium that keeps us alive. “Let’s go and play outside” is an expression that is used less and …

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soilution

Putting down roots in the “Soilution”

According to the dictionary Priberam, the soil is defined as: “i) the face or surface of the earth; the ground; ii) the material comprising the thin top layer of much of the earth’s land surface, esp. such material as will support the growth of plants; iii) a piece or stretch of ground, a site.” As someone who has studied biology, I consider the soil to be the connective tissue of this planet’s skin. So, I think that the definition of dead soil that I found in the Oxford dictionary should be replaced by one that expresses the idea of a …

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Learning to Love

Learning to Love

If love is the ultimate purpose of the universe, then we should finally invest in learning love. Yes, that’s right, learning! It’s certainly the case that we are all born with hearts that have full potential for love. But we were also born with ten skilful fingers without necessarily being virtuoso pianists. On the contrary: our capacity to love is not merely not fostered at school and during our education, it is systematically trained out of us, and that starts in the kindergarten. My story is just an example. Kindergarten was a nightmare, pure and simple. I was suddenly among …

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Learning to Love

The Last Word

Walking in Nature is one of our simplest physical unwinders. Our muscles and nervous systems are soothed immeasurably by something we have done as a species for so long. Walking is a forgotten, primeval unwinder. When we stood up and became bipeds, we needed to bring in a lot more spirals to help keep a walking, talking, gregarious tower from falling over. Compared to a dog, we have a whole load more muscles that create rotation in our bodies. The rotator group love the rhythmic rocking of walking and can encourage our whole soft tissue system to soften, releasing stored …

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Learning to Love

Pedrógão Grande

Memory. What will we remember of the weekend of 17th and 18th June 2017 in a year’s time, in two years’ time, in ten years, in other words in the summer of 2027? What will we change in our lives during that period; and do we want to do so in view of the ghastly pictures and the many deaths in the forest fires? Because, previously, it was only the forests, the animals, nature that went up in smoke every year – and they of course have no voice. Nature has no lobby. Next question? Next topic? However, the key …

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Learning to Love

Well roared, lion!

In the autumn, a new president of the local council will be elected in my village. It’s now seven years (4+3) since the opposition withdrew into its cave to sleep. It has woken up, bang on time for election year. I never thought that their hibernation would come to an end. Whoever is in charge of a village has no easy task with an opposition that misses everything through oversleeping. When I heard that the plan was to read the president the riot act, I decided to visit the Assembleia Municipal (municipal assembly) The room in the town hall is …

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Learning to Love

Kyoto. Paris. Marrakesh.

If we want to ensure that future generations enjoy a reasonably good life, we need a new, modern tax system quite soon that will make sustainable life possible. It must be easy to understand and be fairer than the current one, promote environmentally-friendly behaviour and make the plundering of resources unattractive. Its goal must be to bring climate protection and social justice into harmony with each other. This would work if each citizen received a tax account from the state with a credit for a sustainable life. It would work like this: On 1st January in a calendar year, a …

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Learning to Love

What is it to be ECO?

ECO is the search for meaning. Volkswagen AG should undertake this simple task in the deepest crisis in its history, where linear thinking and action destroys economies. Things just can’t keep going on like this. This realisation will probably make many millions of people unemployed. Even the fines for the fraud amounting to billions do not hide the fact that the whole car industry is in a cul-de-sac or make us think that the problem would thereby be solved. The fines will be paid and then what? Money could be invested more sensibly, in healthy, sustainable jobs. If we want …

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