the silent climate parade will roll again through berlin this september!

remember, when we danced through berlin to demonstrate (for) a sustainable future? if not, read the description below to get and idea of what we’re all about! and check out the 2011 video (thx, laurent!) & the website!

the plan for 2012: on september 22, we’ll start the parade around alexanderplatz. get your headphones between 12-2pm, and then the parade will dance silently through east berlin from 2-5pm. we’re in the midst of organizing, so stay tuned via the fb event!

[EDIT: the DJs are confirmed! we proudly present:

but we need your support: we’re crowdfunding via betterplace to make this day possible again. can you help us to organize the best silent climate parade ever?

The Silent Climate Parade is a demonstration in Berlin to raise awareness about the failure to solve the climate change problem. With wireless headphones, quality DJs on electromobiles, signs, flyers, choreographies, and lots of enthusiasm, we dance silently through the streets in a fun, colorful and inspiring action to catch people’s attention. We do this to show that it’s possible to have fun, be climate friendly, and make a political statement at the same time. Let’s get moving!

‘misfits’ are fruits and veggies that have a different size or shape so they don’t fit the “industrialized standards” and often get left behind, even though they are perfectly edible. the culinary misfits are two designers that save these misfits from becoming waste by cooking delicious – organic, local and seasonal – meals.

they have been cooking and delighting foodies around berlin for about a year, and now they are looking to crowdfund their own space – where they can cook, experiment, invite guests, and sell culinary misfit food. i hope they’ll reach their goal so they can open their new place very soon!

food waste is such a prime example of our modern problems. experts estimate that about 50% of the food in the US and EU goes to waste, worldwide the FAO sees that number at 30%. i blogged about valentin thurn’s taste the waste earlier that shows a farmer couldn’t use 40 percent of his potatoes harvest, which seems to be a rather normal figure. at the same time, the food that europe throws away would be enough to feed the world’s hungry at least twice (tristram stuart even estimates that “one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe”).

we are not too many, we (our systems) are just too stupid. there is enough for everyone on this planet, we just suck at distributing it. we need to change the economic focus from unlimited growth to a more just distribution that increases overall happiness and resilience.

that’s why i support initiatives like the culinary misfits. there are also another few initiatives worth mentioning: in berlin i had a great time at the teller statt tonne demo, and friends of mine were inspired by the berlin schnippeldisco (where misfits were cut and made into a soup that was handed out at a demonstration for sustainable agriculture) and started disco soupe in paris. food is one of the most essential aspects of our lives and it can connect people like almost nothing else – if we want a better future, we have to redesign the way we feed the world.

Génération Tahrir – interesting looking webdocumentary film project on the youth of egypt that is changing the fate of their country. crowdfunding at kiss kiss bank bank! (thx, giulia!)

phase 0 – how to make some action! ein aufruf für mehr mut zur tat! tolles projekt, das buch ist so gut wie fertig, und auch ich habe ein kapitel beigesteuert in dem ich erzähle, wie das mit der organisation der silent climate parade 2011 war!

das projekt ist gerade an einer neuen crowdfunding runde, bitte mit geld/shares/likes unterstützen!

awesome, the in.gredients project (“the first zero-waste, package-free grocery store in the US.”) is crowdfunded! pretty nice blog as well! could we also try this in berlin?

[EDIT: i was informed that there is a similar store ‘unpackaged’ in london. we still have a long way to go here in germany]

i want to see this movie when it’s out- it just got crowdfunded through kickstarter! and gene sharp’s book [download] is the newest addition to my reading list.