A new kind of closeness - Impulses for more sustainability in the international scientific community

Dr. Nicole Aeschbach
22.06.2020

The drastic travel and contact restrictions during the COVID 19 pandemic abruptly stopped movements and encounters of people on all spatial scales. In many areas, the establishment or expansion of virtual communication followed with immense speed. This resulted in a fascinating ambivalence of distance and closeness. In a world primarily characterized by physical presence, whereabouts play a decisive role; in digital collaboration, this spatial dimension partially dissolves. On the one hand, large distances can be easily overcome via online conference; on the other hand, virtual tools are not a complete substitute for personal contact, for example during a coffee break or when getting to know …

Dr. Nicole Aeschbach

Institute of Geography
Dr. Nicole Aeschbach heads the TdLab Geography (Transdisciplinarity Laboratory) at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. Her activities...

Perspectives of sustainable and crisis-proof cities in the aftermath of the Corona pandemic

Dr. Carolin Baedeker
Anja Bierwirth
Dr. Anne Caplan
Hans Haake
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind
15.06.2020

More local, public and agile, the cornerstones of a resilient post-Corona city’

The shutdown of public and economic life; the rediscovery of what is really ‘systemically relevant’; new forms of community spirit and of generations; an undreamt-of creative power of the state at all levels: All these are phenomena of the Corona crisis, which will shape our thinking about society, economy and politics in its aftermath. It is also necessary to rethink the future of cities and their relationship to the surrounding area. Locally and on site, the consequences of the crisis become workable and specific.

The task now is to outline the contours of a crisis-resistant political, economic and …

Dr. Carolin Baedeker

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Carolin Baedeker is Vice-Director and Co-Head of Research Unit Innovation Labs Sustainable Production and Consumption. Her current research focuses on...

Anja Bierwirth

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Anja Bierwirth is Head of Research Unit Urban Transitions Energy, Transport and Climate Policy at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and...

Dr. Anne Caplan

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Dr Anne Caplan is a research Fellow Sustainable Production and Consumption Research Unit Innovation Labs. Her current research focuses on housing and...

Hans Haake

Center for Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent)
Hans Haake is a research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute and coordinator of the Centre for Transformation Research and Sustainability (TransZent) at...

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind

University of Wuppertal
Uwe Schneidewind is Professor for Innovation Management and Sustainability at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. He was President of the Wuppertal...

What about us? Youth (un)employment in times of COVID-19

Samia Kassid
10.06.2020

The youth workforce is particularly vulnerable to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Good policies are now more than needed to pave the way for decent and sustainable jobs for young adults.

COVID-19 has shown us just how fragile and globalised our economies and societies are. Poverty and income inequality will severely limit opportunities for youth employment in the post-COVID world.

Today, there are 1.8 billion people in the world between the ages of 15 and 35 - a quarter of the global population. This is the largest generation of youth and young people the world has ever known.

The global recession resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to result …

Samia Kassid

World Future Council
Samia joined the World Future Council as Senior Project Manager for the rights of children in May 2014. Samia has several years of experience in...

The use of private capital to provide for climate-friendly reconstruction phase after corona fit for our grandchildren

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege
09.06.2020

The current corona pandemic has led to an abrupt economic and social slowdown never previously thought possible. Private and business enterprises face challenges which are proving almost impossible to master. The post-Corona reconstruction phase also requires us to set the right course now in terms of climate policy and to discuss innovative concepts with sustainable effects for the future. For this reason B.A.U.M. proposes establishing a FUTURE and CLIMATE PLAN for Germany and Europe. This concept includes a sustainable economic recovery plan with innovative concepts for reconstruction, transformation and strengthening the resilience of the economy and society after corona. It also supports …

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege

B.A.U.M. e.V.
Professor Dr. Maximilian Gege is a founding member and chairman of B.A.U.M. e. V. - representing over 500 companies of various sizes and from various...

Biodiversity as insurance: aligning economic stimulus packages with long-term nature conservation goals

Dr. Jasper Meya
22.05.2020

The corona pandemic reminds us how vulnerable modern societies have become through their treatment of nature. At the same time, many people have experienced nature as a source of recreation during the lockdown. On today's International Day for Biological Diversity it is worth remembering that 2020 is a crucial milestone for global biodiversity conservation. To seize this opportunity, economic recovery programs should systematically take into account the value of biodiversity and initiate a nature-compatible development path.

The man-made emptying of the world

Humanity is emptying the natural world. 25% of all animal and plant species are threatened with extinction (IPBES 2019). 75% of …

Dr. Jasper Meya

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Dr. Jasper Meya is environmental economist and works as senior researcher at the Biodiversity Economics Group, German Centre for Integrative...