If you explore your surroundings by looking through green glasses, you are on a clim@venture. It doesn't matter if you are walking, riding a bike, or even using a car - anyway there are a lot of advantages and additional experiences:
Improve the soil and store carbon with permaculture: In private gardens but also in agriculture worldwide. A sustainable approach that can give hope. In the workshop we tried some of this out on a small scale.
300 km, 2500 meters of altitude - but only 100 km on bike paths! The balance of my little self-experience tour is very mixed. Wonderful landscapes, cozy little villages but the primacy of cars - especially in the small towns - have shown me: There is still a lot to do before the bicycle will replace the car as a safe means of transport. I'm staying tuned! And I am not alone: In Germany, there are more and more municipalities where citizens are calling for a better cycling infrastructure. And bike and work will be my new slogan!
"with pleasure and few carbon-dioxid": from Glonn to Bilbao. 3600 km with an electric car, many breaks - and without running out of electrcity....
On our roadtrip we meet our son Niklas, on his charity-bike-tour through Europe: collecting money for the rainforest: 3000 € - 3000 km 3000 trees! Afterwards he told insights about his adventure to a journalist and published it - for charity!
A little research on sustainable projects and bike-friendly travel along the "sun route" of the "Euro-Velo 7". The trip also has to do with my job: For climate education in schools, I work on projects that are intended to motivate students and adults to deal with a climate-friendly lifestyle. Travel is definitely one of them! And looking through "green glasses" makes traveling even more meaningful. Furthermore: you can become adicted to it!
My own and personal research on traces of green change in Europe is a test for a climate education project with young people from 4 European countries, who are also to go on a search for traces of green change in Europe - in their regional environment in their respective countries - as part of an Erasmus program funded by the European Union. They will exchange their answers to "Green Change in Europe" with students from Sweden, Italy, Austria and Germany, identify differences and similarities and visualize their findings on a European map of green change.
This trip by bike - once again with green glasses - started after a working meeting for our Erasmus project in Rome. From Messina I cycled almost to the southernmost tip of Sicily - Syracuse. Check out more details and more green change projects on Traveltracker polarsteps.
First art, then bike. The Dokumenta in Kassel marked the beginning of a sustainability research in the city of culture and then in the north from the Netherlands to Belgium. Check out my Polarsteps to see which projects I researched.
My second visit to Naples. This time I had received some tips to visit sustainable projects through the journalists of Italia che Cambia. In the district of Scampia - infamous and notorious for drugs and crime - I met Barbara and heard about her project Chiku. Unforgettable. Encouraging!
In Goeteborg there was again a working meeting for the Erasmus project. Afterwards we went by bike - from Goeteborg to the south. Always wearing the green glasses, looking for sustainable projects and talking to people who could tell me more about the green change in Scandinavia: if it is happening, what to observe and where there is still a lot to do!
Green travel" brings cyclists into contact on the "warm-showers" platform (https://www.warmshowers.org/). And from time to time they come to Glonn and with them many thousand kilometers of "green travel experience" by bike. So Lydia and Em from London and Katja and Mirco from Slovenia/Czech Republic. Great to host them, listen to their sustainable way of life and sharing experiences on travelling with "green glasses".
In July 2022 Lidia (from Spain) joined us with her small team from "climate-shifter" (https://www.instagram.com/climate_shifter/). As part of an Erasmus project, they are accompanying a cycling friend on his NorthCape4000 challenge (https://www.northcape4000.com/). On the way, they also put on their "green glasses", looking for projects and people who are committed to fighting climate change and to more
sustainability. Through the platform "warm-showers" (https://de.warmshowers.org/) they found us in Glonn. We did a self-test at a wind turbine near us and measured the noise - compared to an electric lawnmower and conversation.
Talking loud (average: 82,7 dB(A)) is about 2x as loud as the wind turbine and the sounds of the forest (average 48,9 dB(A)