How to create a protest banner!

I recently designed a professional protest banner to support public protest by creating more attention and to make my key message more visible. Here, I would like to share a short tutorial to help other activists to create their own protest banner (or copy mine!). I designed the poster with LibreImpress (ODP format) using the…

Kick-off protest on Saturday, 2019-03-02, in Uppsala

After I successfully applied for a permission to protest against climate breakdown in the pedestrian zone (Forumtorget) on Saturdays in Uppsala, Sweden, I would like to share some experiences after 4.5 hours of protest. Highlights: A family (both parents and three kids) joined for one hour with self-designed protest posters 2 friends stopping by  Interesting…

“We will STOP you!” – An adaptation of Queen’s “We will rock you!” to support public protests against the fossil-fuel industry

An adaptation of Brian May’s rock anthem “We will rock you!” from Queen’s album “News of the World” (1977)  to support school kids striking against climate change, in general, or the fossil-fuel industry, in particular (original in bold vs modified italics) (Sorry, Freddie!). I wonder whether these lyrics with the famous “stomp-stomp-clap” would work at…

Deutsche Übersetzung der Gegendarstellung von Greta Thunberg vom 2. Februar 2019

Der folgende Text ist eine inoffizielle deutsche Übersetzung (Übersetzung: Wilmar Igl) der englischen Gegendarstellung der Klimaaktivistin Greta Thunberg, welche sie am 2. Februar 2019 auf Twitter [1] bzw Facebook [2] veröffentlicht hat. Eine Kopie des englischen Originaltextes [2] ist im Folgenden wiedergegeben. Deutsche Übersetzung Vor kurzem habe ich gesehen, dass viele Gerüchte über mich im…

Open access to scientific information on climate crisis

Do we really want to lock original scientific information which is crucial for policy making behind paywalls, for example, in Springer’s journal “Nature Climate Change” [1]? Although the “Nature” brand may give scientific findings additional credibility and impact, this would mean that citizens, scientists, business leaders, and politicians, esp in poorer countries, will have less…

Climate emergency declaration of 17.5 million people

Although governments on a state or country-level do not seem to realize, acknowledge or act upon the climate crisis emergency, local councils and cities are  acting much more decisive. According to the website “Climate Emergency Declaration” [1, 2] as of 2019-01-16, cities and councils representing 17.5 million citizens have declared a climate emergency, including major…

Biofuels and carbon emissions

I recently came across the advertisement of Flygbra.se [1, 2], who advertises national flights in Sweden using bio fuels. While there is still a discussion going what effect various types of bio fuels have on carbon emissions (and other aspects of the biosphere, like land use change and biodiversity), environmental organization warn against using bio…

Climate breakdown and human health

I have recently come across two articles on climate change from a human health perspective, who urgently demand action to minimize climate-related threats to human health and related costs. These articles were published in one of the highest-impact medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. Some highlights are the summary of climate change on…

A primer on security, privacy, and anonymity of IT systems

Users of the internet who share information, e.g. by participating in public discussions, may protect their identity or control the audience with whom they share information. One basic reason is that individuals act as members of various social groups (e.g. family, rugby club, church choir, colleagues from oil company,…) who have different values and social…