sustainability | Christina Felschen

sustainability | Christina Felschen

A treasure in the forest

documentary published by the German NGO Welthungerhilfe >>

Until recently, the only people who came into Jomi Pacharin’s remote mountain village were vendors and debtors. Doctors, teachers and government officials never set their foot here, they find the trail too arduous; hence many Paharia die from malnutrition and preventable diseases. When local helpers of the German NGO Welthungerhilfe first came to their village, Jomi and her neighbors stayed inside, full of suspicion – until they realized that these strangers would not take their belongings but offer something.

The Greener Revolution

published by the German NGO Welthungerhilfe >>

Monocultures, fertilizers and hybrid seeds are not the best way the earth can feed several billion people – quite the contrary, Indian agronomists say. They propose a more sustainable alternative to the Green Revolution: integrated agriculture that imitates nature and regards every farm as an ecosystem.

Climate in turmoil

published by the NGO Welthungerhilfe, 4/2015, pp. 17-19 >>

Indian fishermen and Burundian farmers have one thing in common: As poorest among the poor they are not responsible for climate change; yet they are the first who live with its consequences. In both countries, the weather has been diverting from its usual pattern for a decade. Welthungerhilfe trains fishermen and farmers to take precautions.

How to save money (and still enjoy your life) in the Bay Area

published on the expat blog Life in the Bay, September 2016 >>

When lawyer Kate Dowing announced that she would move out of Silicon Valley due to the exorbitant housing prices, the story went viral. It emphasized what many Bay Area residents know all too well: If you come to this affluent area for other reasons than working for a major tech company, life will be very expensive. Here are some ideas to make it work nevertheless.

Green Travel Manifesto

How to reduce ecological and social impacts when traveling – and still get the most out of your voyages? This travel menifesto, hence incomplete and not always fulfilled, tries to give an answer. From A like airplane to Z like zig zag.

“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?

How to manage an organic farm in a soy bean country

published by Peace Boat on January 31, 2013 in English >> and >>

To the Uruguayans Germán Brito seemed crazy at first. Returning after half a life in Europe, he bought a small farm like those that are being sold to multinational companies on a grand scale. In the new country of Barbecue and soybeans, Germán Brito goes against the current and revives disappeared trees and almost forgotten farming methods. With success: His farm has a huge productivity and the habitants of Montevideo pounce on his organic vegetables because there are just few left in Uruguay.

Cycling into the future

This is a shortened and updated translation of an article which I wrote for EPD news agency >>

Car loving Germans are a relic of the eighties – the new generation rides the bike instead, thus saving money, stress and the climate. But politicians and the industry cling to the status-quo