Free Tibet!

Tibet is not free. It’s not even autonomous even if that’s part of it’s official name. Who is going to do something about it?

My blog is already censored in China (meaning inaccessible) for which reason I don’t think this title will be much of a problem. How can it be anyway? It could be if I was Chinese and living in China. There, the topic Tibet is still as hot as anything and you better don’t mention it. Luckily, I’m not Chinese because I happen to be thinking about that little mountain region with the famous monks. Continue reading

Through the Lense

A period in time can be analyzed by the documentaries which are produced in it.

I picked out a couple of documentary films which have recently been released and which I personally will put on my “To Watch List”. Anti-Homosexual bills, adictive dreams and the downsides of wind energy amongst other stories. Continue reading

The Constant Fighters

Who really fights for the rigths of the world we live in? Let me introduce this year’s winner of the green Nobel Prize.

The Goldman Environmental Prize is given to those struggling at the bottom: grassroots activists. The founder describe it as following: “The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.” Continue reading

All Eyes on The World

What happens if the UN abandons a refugee camp? How was China at the time when the Japanese invaded it?

Paris from March 22nd till April 3rd: The Cinema du Réel Documentary Film Festival takes you around the world. Sit and relax and discover new worlds. The festival offers a good mix of new and old, famous and unknown. Continue reading

Green Green China

China is where things are happening these days. What is true for industry can also be applied to agriculture.

And there are some good news: Greenpeace just published that China announced to draft a proposal to keep their rice free of genetically engineered (GM) seeds. Continue reading

The Little Bird Gets a Muzzle

Just when we start praising the shortest ever media system for its influence on governance, things turn bad.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Center reports that “on 26 January 2012, Twitter announced that it would begin restricting tweets in specific countries.”  Continue reading

No Country for Women

If you are a woman – or ever plan on living with one – read carefully. This might influence your future.

We all know that there is no real equality between men and women in today’s world. What is also sure, is that there are countries which are a little closer to achieving equality than others. Continue reading

Ready to Work Green?

Green economy, green jobs… it is all over the news lately. Are we finally at the turning point for a more sustainable economic system?

Let us start off with what green economy actually is. The UNEP explains it as following: “Practically speaking, a green economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by Continue reading

“No, I don’t want a bag”

New country. New challenge. How hard can it be not to go home with a bunch of new plastic bags every time I go grocery shopping?

In Argentina I find plastic-free shopping to be quite a hussle. It is not like that all over the world though. Let us have a look around: Bangladesh did it in 2000. China has done it too in 2008. And by numbers like 500 billion to 1 trillion a year worldwide, I find that a rather necessary move. Those countries have Continue reading

Water.

Let’s be honest: there are no unlimited resources of water. So we better keep the bit we have clean, right?

Greenpeace just launched a campaign to save water. The pollution of rivers, lakes and the sea has reached incredible levels and is influencing the health of people, animals and plants all over the world.

Especially water pollution by the different industries is not acceptable. They add tons and tons of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge and other waste into our waters. Continue reading