Christiane Kliemann

Christiane Kliemann is a German freelance journalist focusing on postgrowth, alternative economy and social change. A member of the organizing team of the Degrowth 2014 Conference, she has worked in communications at the UNFCCC secretariat and as an editor at German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Currently she is running the blog for the German degrowth web-portal and preparing to move to the eco-village Sieben Linden.>


The SDGs: Transforming our World or Business as Usual?

Considering the large ecological debts of the Global North and the related structural inequalities of power and wealth, it can be doubted that a one-fits-all solution such as the SDGs helps bridge the existing extreme inequalities between countries.

November 9, 2018

COP23: Where is the Place for Community-Led Initiatives?

I think the only way to be optimistic is to believe that people can take things into their own hands and transform their lives. It is happening, but it is not happening enough. Setting these targets and figuring out how to accomplish them without working together with citizen initiatives, they will never succeed. I am here to promote repopulation of Europe’s rural areas with ecovillages.

November 15, 2017

Deep Ecology: System Change with Head, Heart and Hand

Once we experience ourselves as inseparable part of the web of life we realize that true well-being for us can only happen in harmony with the whole and all of its parts. When other humans or living beings suffer, we cannot stay untouched. This is what Arne Naess meant when calling for an “ecological self”.

June 26, 2017

Degrowth In Movement(s) – A Dialogue Between Alternatives

Finally it is done: all texts from the project “Degrowth in Movement(s)” to be published in English are now available online. Representatives from different social movements share their perspective on degrowth and illustrate commonalities, differences and points of critique. In Germany, last year’s publication of the respective German texts, videos and pod casts marked the … Read more

January 26, 2017

COP 22: “One Step Closer Towards a Climate that is Incompatible with Dignified Life”

Another UN climate summit is over and despite the prevalent rhetoric of hope, the gap between the 1,5 or 2 degree target agreed in Paris last year and the real commitments to achieve this target is nowhere near to closing.

November 21, 2016

Everyone Talks about Volkswagen, but the Real Question is Hardly Ever Touched

In average, the production of a car causes as many emissions as its (petrol-fuelled) usage over the whole lifetime.

November 13, 2015

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