Heat waves, harrowing storms - climate change has long been felt in Germany too. Many people do not want to accept that and try to do something - even if only on a very small scale. At home.
What are you doing for the climate?
We have this for our readers on SPIEGEL.de and our users Instagram asked. And we asked them to send us a photo of their contribution to climate protection.
Many then sent recordings of their bicycles or electric bikes because they had sold their car or had never had one. Others showed us how you can compost organic waste directly at home without having your own garden or cleverly avoid plastic waste.
Look for yourself!
An Insta user, for example, photographed her refrigerator, which is actually impressively tidy. She wrote that she did not eat meat, that she would buy unpackaged food as much as possible - and only as much as she really needed. She also freezes lots of vegetables so she can cook the right amounts for one person too.
Another user simply writes on the question of what he is doing to combat climate change: "Plant trees". Did he plant all the trees in the picture himself, or did he still have colleagues? Who knows…
"I have designed a car that would take the pressure off city centers around the world," writes another SPIEGEL reader and sends the one straight away Link to a website with - for everyone who wants to know more about his invention.
Another reader bought a worm box that she is screwing together in the picture. "From now on, my organic waste will no longer be picked up in an air-polluting vehicle and mixed with other organic waste that has been made unusable by plastic and batteries, etc., but processed directly in the apartment under the kitchen table into the best humus and super plant fertilizer," she writes .
And there is probably no better way to photograph a bike than in this picture. The sender has been using public transport as a commuter for more than ten years and writes: "I have had an e-Klappi since 2017 as a supplement for trips to work and for all things to do in the area!"
Of course, this also works with this bike, which an Insta user posted with the hashtag # spiegelbild2021.
Photo: DONAT KAMBER BASEL
A family from Basel "grills" - as they say in Swiss German - "with locally available and renewable energy from beech wood instead of natural gas from Siberia," as she writes.
A reader from Lake Constance has reduced her garbage so much that she only has a full yellow sack every six months. "I buy where I can, without packaging and it often works," she writes.
A group of adults in Nuremberg got together for the “Parents for Future” initiative and sent us photos from a protest.
The reader who sent this picture has been saving chickens from factory farming for three years, as she writes. “And it is always touching to give them back their dignity. These chickens are a living testimony to what is going wrong in our society. "
Another SPIEGEL reader leads the water from his roof drainage into his garden, "one side is directed to a magnificent oak, the other side is directed into an old pig trough, where small animals get water," he writes.
Maybe that's why his garden looks so great.
The Insta user who posted the picture does not reveal the secret behind this flower meadow - he only writes: »Our wild flower meadow, without a filter«.
Climate protection can be so beautiful.