The Corona pandemic has changed the world. But if we are capable of such sweeping change, what does this mean for our species as we face the future of our sweltering planet? And more importantly: How do we change?
Visions, Big Ideas and Best Practices for the future
British social psychologist Steve Reicher believes that all social change happens through the collective. Human beings all over the planet endured a serious infringement of their private rights when governments made the decision to lock down amid the COVID-19 crisis. For the most part, there was consensus that this tough decision was correct. But how was that consensus established?
Why can’t we just change? Germany's leading philosopher Peter Sloterdijk believes that question is at the heart of the climate change conundrum. When the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, the response by governments was immediate. So there is proof that sweeping change on a global scale is possible. Does this provide the precedent for us to avert the looming climate catastrophe?
A world without growth: that’s what Germany’s leading and most radical degrowth proponent Niko Paech sees as the only option after COVID-19. Is the coronavirus crisis helping us realize what really matters in life? Is it time to slow down and reassess how we live on a grander scale, including what we produce and consume? But what would change if we actually implemented a degrowth model?
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed how vulnerable our globalized world is. California native Derrick Jensen talks about why he would welcome a return of the stone age. The founder of Deep Green Resistance explains why some radical eco-activists would like to see the collapse of civilization to restore the balance of nature - and what he’s prepared to do to achieve that end.
Indian environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev explains in this podcast why our interconnectedness with wildlife is central, even though the exact origin of the coronavirus remains disputed. It's brought our world to a virtual standstill - and there are dozens of other pathogens waiting in line for their turn in the viral limelight. Is the Holocene striking back?
Germany’s leading transformation researcher Maja Göpel explains in this podcast episode how to change our world for the better of all. The coronavirus crisis has proved to us that radical change is possible in a short period of time. But can we harness this awareness to bring about systemic change in a bid to avert the looming climate catastrophe?
NATO warns allies to block China buying spree — Sweden resists a Covid-19 national lockdown — Merkel warns too soon to end shutdown — Concerns over the 'misuse and overuse' of mechanical ventilators — A 14-year-old boy helps with France's shortage of surgical masks — On the Green Fence: 'A matter of survival' — and more on this weekend's edition of Inside Europe.
NATO and the implications of COVID-19 - Coronavirus and an unprecedented power grab in Hungary - Dire conditions and no protection for thousands in a Greek refugee camp - Lockdown provides a chance to appreciate the simple things in life - Virtual running in the UK - And a special focus on food waste