At the Change Days we celebrate life!
Generation Earth member Valentin visited the Change Days in August. In this article he shares his experiences and thoughts with us.
From August 15th to 18th the WWF Change Days took place on the beautiful grounds of the Klingemühle, not far from Berlin. The Change Days are an international meet-up as well as a camp for young people who want to get involved in the ecological crisis. They offer space not only for exchange and experience in the field of environmental protection, but also for friendships, laughter and nature experiences.
We need to change the system!
During the day there was a range of workshops. Among other things, they dealt with challenges related to right-wing extremism in nature conservation or the almost certain disappearance of the Arctic. Individual workshops even went deeper and analysed our current situation as the logical result of an economic system based on the exploitation of nature. The solution to this is, so to speak, a system change, away from the current growth and compulsion to make a profit, which is at the expense of all life on earth.
However, not only the contents of the workshops counted, but also everything “all around”. And this “all around” could not have been more relaxed. Waking up for four days from the singing of other people, taking a shower outdoors, swimming in the lake and still having the smell of the evening campfire in your hair while going to bed. What more does a person want?
We got to act now!
As a shadow side, I always feel very strongly at such meetings that talking about the climate crisis, nature conservation and environmental protection is something different than doing something real. Especially in such a protected environment. If we really want to change something, we have to devote more time to these topics than “just” four days a year. Many people already do, but far from enough.