At TEDxMünster we are proud to share local ideas with the world on the TED platform and bring global ideas to us locally. Climate change is a big topic which has become globally urgent. Carla Reemtsma,a student here in Münster has become the face of Fridays of Future, started by Greta Thurnberg in Sweden. She will talk at TEDxMünster on 12 October about how activism can create change. Max Volhard has an idea on how we deal with the plastic garbage in the ocean. Tobias Sudhoff, a Münsteraner is passionate about food and how we can eat in a way that is good for us and the environment. Laura Gatti, an award winning horticultural consultant,will talk about her work in urban gardening and the impact of CO2.
Carla is excited about her talk: “It’s cool to be here, to get a chance to talk about the idea of activism, as a way we can change things and not just to be seen as a bunch of young people on the street.”
Brazil is burning, a man made fire as reported in the Economist, that is the result of “deforestation and the practice of slash-and-burn agriculture”. Cheaper meat, imported to Europe from Latin America comes at a price. The price paid in the Amazon is according to Mr Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president who does not believe in climate change, a local not a global issue. Is it?
Tobias Sudhoff, a top chef in Münster, food activist, musician and author firmly believes that it is a scientific fact that the greatest threat to the planet, predominantly driven by the food and agriculture industries, is the extinction of the species. He cooks in cooperation with iSuN (Institute for Sustainable Food) and foodlab Muenster at the university, where he also teaches students. Tobias also knows that pointing fingers doesn’t create social change. That's why he believes that top chefs who are always passing on their knowledge to people through as many channels as possible can bring this "change through enjoyment" to the heart of society.
Plastic in the ocean is piling up. Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. The fish are eating this plastic and we are eating fish. Beaches have become garbage dumps for plastic. Max Volhard, a scientist at the FH Münster is thinking about this. For TEDxMünster, he will talk about his groundbreaking work on plastic and how this could solve our environmental problem.
Not everyone or every scientist may agree on CO2 emissions, global warming, agricultural industries. What is clear is that our children are concerned and what started as one child in Sweden has become a global movement. In Germany, over 200 Fridays for Future demonstrations were planned on 20 September. This is not just an issue for which our children get to bunk off school but for all of humanity to adapt to, from politics to business to society. In Germany in September at least two CEOs embraced the issue of sustainability, one at IFA, the consumer electronics conference in Berlin and another in at DMEXCOin Cologne. Even in the capitalist industries such as finance, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) ‘green’ investing has become serious business.
Münster is one of the towns that is working on a sustainability strategy. Each one of us can choose to do something, whether it is buying local produce, reducing meat consumption, demonstrating in the streets, using their skills for change, stopping flying, planting trees or sharing great ideas.
Share your ideas with us on Facebook, Email (Alexia@tedxmuenster.de), Instagram or join us on at the theatre on 12 October.