In a few months’ time, Greta Thunberg has become a recognisable public figure and the Youth for Climate movement spread around the globe. Having had a consistent impact on public debate the movement by now is more than a mere ephemeral whim and policymakers increasingly feel compelled to take a stance.
Oprah Winfrey was confronted with a discriminatory view, when being told to be not fitted for television. Walt Disney, at an early stage of his career, was rejected as cartoonist in numerous publishing houses. Abraham Lincoln lost his wife, had a nervous breakdown, failed in business and lost eight elections but went on to become President of the United States. How we can also managed the hercules task to perceive of failures as opportunities of rethinking, reflecting and widening our view.
Every day there comes a time when the smell of dinner intrusively fills the kitchens, families gather or children prepare for bed. Yet, this is not quite the case for Europe’s sleepwalkers – the ones pushing our economies to their limits during night shifts. Working while the stars are shining is unlike any other job or shift. It is peculiar, it is exhausting, it is special and even breathtaking at times. This is the experience I made this summer in one of many European factories whose lights are never switched off.
Wie können sich 500 Millionen Europäer von einer Million Flüchtlinge in einem Jahr ernsthaft in ihrer Kultur und ihren Werten bedroht fühlen? Wie kommt es, dass einzelne Länder auf nationale Lösungen vertrauen, wenn ein globales Problem gemeinsame Verantwortung erfordert? Es scheint, als hätten wir Europäer den Mut auf halber Strecke verloren und das Vertrauen in die Völkergemeinschaft verschiedenster Sprachen, Kulturen und Religionen, aufgegeben, bevor wir überhaupt richtig angefangen haben.