A Sign of Life (Attempt No. 394872934)

A random photo of a sunset to symbolize new beginnings? (lol)

Hola internet, remember me? I cannot count how many times I started writing a post like this … but this time I’m determined to actually finish writing and upload it. But to be honest I wrote that in every single one of the posts I got started on and it never happened … so we will see how it goes this time.

A long time has passed since my last post on this blog, and a lot has happened. I moved to Tokyo in September 2017 and did an internship at the German chamber of commerce for one year, in the Communications department where I mainly helped make a German magazine on Japanese business, politics and society (if you look hard enough on the internet [and know German heh], you can find some of my work, like here [okay, to be fair, this was only a translation] and here [on page 34, co-authored with another intern]). It was definitely stressful at times, but also a really rewarding experience. Right after the end of my internship I started my Masters in Global Environmental Studies, also in Tokyo. I just finished the first semester (out of four sigh, already dying, but ok) and am now on spring/winter/whatever (I mean, I really don’t know how to feel about this season, what even is this weather, thanks global warming) break – and thought that this might be a great opportunity to revive this blog.

I thought about this a lot over the past year, especially since I started studying again: Since I want to go into environmental journalism at some point, but have only little journalistic training (really only the things I learned during my internship … I don’t even know if you can really refer to that as “training”), I kind of want to use this blog as my playground, and write about environment-related issues that I find interesting and/or important. Lately, I have been feeling kind of down at the fact that climate change is approaching so fast and that our planet’s condition is getting worse and worse everyday and nobody seems to care (enough at least) or be doing anything to stop it. In fact, it’s probably already too late to stop that two degree increase in average temperature that experts are warning us about (I’m [hopefully, hah, pray for me] going to write about this in more detail at some point.) So I’ve been asking myself a lot lately why I even bother studying the environment if there is nothing that can be done towards its improvement anyway, if it’s too late anyway.

And then I realized that I’m dumb and that this way of thinking is at the core of the whole issue. All (well, maybe only almost all) environmental problems are the result of all human behaviour and actions on this planet added together, right? So if all of us, or at least a lot of us, educate ourselves and change our lifestyles in ways that are better for the environment, we will definitely be able to make a difference, right? (Obviously not talking just about “common” people like me and you and your mother [okay, this was not meant to be a “your mom” joke, but it sounds like one now that I think about it, oh lord, how tasteless, but I’m going to leave it in anyway], but also about more “important” – maybe “authoritative” is a better term? – people like company managers or government officials.) So individual actions do matter after all. That’s why I also want to use this blog as a means of sharing what I learn in school and through my own reading and research in my free time with friends, family and whoever else might be interested. I want to get people to think and discuss about today’s environmental problems, and maybe even motivate some people to take action against environmental degradation. I know my writing is not the best (yet, heh), but I’ll try my best to write about interesting stuff in the best possible way, so bear with me please.

Anyway, thank you if you read this far and … stay tuned for more stuff soon? TSCHÜSS.

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