civil society | Christina Felschen

civil society | Christina Felschen

Can Sunny Bear tame the Asian Dragon?

 written for Peace Boat’s website, December 19th, 2012 >>

The Fukushima nuclear meltdown came like a wakeup call to the Taiwanese people: Don’t they live on the same seismic fault line? And don’t they have several equally exposed power plants on the shoreline, close to cities? Activist Wang Shun-Wei and her Taipeh based NGO help fishermen and office workers to voice their concerns.

“Protecting the environment begins at home”

produced for the international NGO UEM during their workshop „Peace with the Earth“ in Medan/ Indonesia in 2012 >>

People face environmental challenges anywhere in the world, and often there are surprisingly simple solutions at hand. Listen to the testimonies of five activists on garbage in Indonesia, logging in Tanzania, mining in the Philippines, open brown coal pits in Germany and erosion in Rwanda. Why are they concerned by these problems and what did they do to mitigate them?

The invisible threat – Voices from Fukushima

written for the Peace Boat website on March 11th, 2012 >>

The Japanese language has two words for nuclear power: “genshi”, the “productive” nuclear power that drives power plants and “kaku”, the destructive power used for nuclear weapons. This suggests a difference that scientifically does not exist. A country that has nuclear power plants can also create atomic bombs. Six participants of the Peace Boat voyage share their experiences and opinions after Fukushima

Viviana’s silence

published on Peace Boat’s website on February 14, 2013 Peace Boat el 21 febrero 2013 >> and in Spanish >>

At 14, Viviana Fernandez was imprisoned and tortured by the military dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile. For three decades she did not touch the topic, not wanting to aggravate her family’s discrimination and isolation. Many of the 1000 children, that were imprisoned under Pinochet, are traumatized until now. Today Viviana helps other former child prisoners to improve their self-esteem and to be recognized for their political resistance.

Cómo ser un colibrí

publicado por Peace Boat el 16 febrero 2013 >> y en inglés >>

Binka Le Breton, autora británica, ha encontrado a su “tierra de leche y miel” en la selva tropical de Brasil. Con su ONG Iracambi (colibrí), un pueblo entero y unos scientíficos voluntarios trata de investigar y restaurar la Selva Atlántica. Pero hay unos a quienes no les gusta que ellos ponen sus intereses económicos pata arriba.

Just be a hummingbird!

published by Peace Boat on February 16th, 2013 in English >> and Spanish >>

The British author Binka Le Breton has found her land of milk and honeyin the Brazilian rainforest. With her NGO Iracambi, an entire village and some volunteer scientists she tries to investigate and restore the Atlantic Rainforest.

No Man’s Land

“No Man’s Land” is an attempt to show the effects of landgrabbing on villagers in Indonesia. After a large part of Sumatra’s rainforest has been destroyed, investors have started to expand into Papua since 2010.

A grassroots revolution

In March 2011 this text was shortlisted for the Minority Voices Young Journalism Award; see the original feature in German language at Einloggen13, the online magazine of the EJS School of Journalism >>

The citizen journalists of InsightShare or Rising Voices believe in the best of all possible worlds: a world in which the disenfranchised rise their voices. Like Keidy and Rezwan who get involved virtually and are threatened for real.

Kopenhagen: UN-Mitarbeiter nehmen Daten von Demonstranten auf

Auf einer spontanen Demonstration im Kopenhagener Konferenzzentrum “Bella Center” haben UN-Mitarbeiter die Daten von zwei Demonstranten aufgenommen. Eine Journalistin wurde gezwungen ihre Fotos zu löschen – meine Kamera ist nicht aufgefallen