News 2020

Professor Doris Fuchs in conversation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Last Friday, Professor Fuchs commented on the publication of the Pope's book "Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future." The book, consisting of interviews with Pope Francis, addresses the extent to which the Corona pandemic represents an opportunity for change toward a more just world.

Presentation on bioeconomy at the ICEC 2020

The university of Freiburg is hosting the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Conference 2020 from November 30th to December 3rd. On Tuesday ZIN junior scholars will share insights gained in the BIOCIVIS project. | Continue

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New publication: Ecological limits and liberal freedom - incompatible?

New publication by Carolin Bohn and Tobias Gumbert on the relationship between freedom and borders in liberal democracies

Current sustainability research makes it unmistakably clear that ecological limits must be observed if irreversible negative consequences for human survival and life are to be prevented. Adherence to these limits does not seem feasible without restrictions, e.g. on consumer behavior. At the same time, in public debates about such restrictions in terms of sustainability - a particularly well-known example is the discussion about a speed limit - it is often argued that freedom is a central value of liberal democracy and as such should not be restricted. "But is this juxtaposition of freedom and limits at all justified, especially from a liberal perspective?" This is the question that ZIN staff members Carolin Bohn and Tobias Gumbert address in a new publication. I Continue

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Call: For a climate and nature compatible, socially just way of life and economy: Drastically reduce energy and resource consumption

"Ready for Change", an association of representatives from science and administration, has launched a call for action entitled "For a socially just way of life and economy that is compatible with the climate and nature: Drastically reducing energy and resource consumption", which can be supported on the website On August 31, Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland, TU Berlin, and Danny Püschel, Naturschutzbund Deutschland, NABU, handed over the appeal to Sylvia Kotting-Uhl MdB, Chairwoman of the Committee for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the German Bundestag. I Continue

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ZIN employee Berenike Feldhoff comments on initiatives for safe bicycle traffic in WDR 5

ZIN employee Berenike Feldhoff could be heard on August 17, 2020 in the WDR 5 radio program "Quarks - Science and more". Katja Bothe's contribution took a bicycle demo of the "Kidical Mass" Münster and the handing over of a petition for safe bicycle traffic in Münster as an opportunity to look into initiatives for safe bicycle traffic. The "Kidical Mass", under the motto "Children on Bicycles", is committed to ensuring that children can ride through the city independently and without fear. They therefore call for a safer bicycle infrastructure for children, including in Münster, e.g. a 30 km/h speed limit throughout the city, wider bicycle paths and no more cars on the sidewalks. I Continue

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What does the Corona crisis mean for the European Green Deal?

"European Green Deal - Bottlenecks until 2030" (ifo Schnelldienst 06/2020) with contributions from ZIN members Prof. Andreas Löschel and Prof'in Sabine Schlacke

Before the beginning of the Corona crisis, the so-called European Green Deal was the central issue in EU politics. Now the question is whether the pandemic threatens the far-reaching measures to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050 or whether it might even represent a unique opportunity for more climate protection. I Continue

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ZIN repeatedly represented at the SCORAI International Conference 2020

The contributions of three ZIN contributors focus on participation in the bio-economy and the use of images in campaigns against marine pollution

ZIN staff members Tobias Gumbert and Carolin Bohn and ZIN spokesperson Prof'in Doris Fuchs will present two papers in the panel "Community Collective Action" at the SCORAI International Conference 2020, this year's international conference of the "Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative", which will be held online from 10 to 12 June 2020. I Continue

New Publication: Which Way Forward in Measuring the Quality of Life? A Critical Analysis of Sustainability and Well-Being Indicator Sets

ZIN spokeswoman Prof'in Doris Fuchs, Prof. Bernd Schlipphak, Prof. Oliver Treib, Le Anh Nguyen Long and former ZIN member Prof. Markus Lederer examine indices for measuring quality of life in terms of sustainability and well-being.

Over the last 50 years, many indices have been developed to measure the Quality of Life (QoL). These attempt to provide a detailed picture of individual and societal well-being by integrating economic, social, political and ecological aspects (Fuchs et al., 2020, 12). However, it is still not clear whether it is possible and useful to comprehensively map the various dimensions of quality of life in an index, or whether separate indicators should be considered side by side for clear and reliable scientific results and policy recommendations (ibid.). I Continue

About sustainability standards in coffee production

The wissen.leben reports about research results of Dr'in Janina Grabs

Dr. Janina Grabs, former co-worker of ZIN member Prof. Thomas Dietz, studied the effectiveness and implementation of sustainability standards in coffee production in her dissertation at the EMU as part of the TransSustain research project. She evaluated the results of a quantitative field data survey of over 1,900 coffee farmers in Latin America and 60 interviews with experts.I Continue

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Council of Experts demands CO2 budget

Publication of the current environmental report

The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) has just submitted its latest environmental report to the German government, reminding it that urgent ecological threats such as climate change and biodiversity loss will not disappear even in times of corona. In addition to the discussion of a number of topics with a particular need for action, such as recycling management, water pollution control and urban mobility, one statement in particular has moved into the focus of attention: The German Council of Economic Experts recommends that the government base its climate policy on a CO2 budget in order to actually bring political measures into line with its climate goals.I Continue

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ZIN Breadtime Colloquium in Summer Semester 2020: "The future is now!"

This time the lectures will take place digitally via Zoom

For the fifth time already, the ZIN Breadtime Colloquium will take place in the summer semester 2020 under the title "The future is now". In five lectures this semester, the breadtime colloquium will deal with sustainability perspectives from sociology, philosophy, political science, theology and chemistry. Students of all disciplines as well as interested citizens* are cordially invited to attend the lectures, which will take place at lunchtime on five Thursdays from the end of April to July - this year, due to contact restrictions, digitally via Zoom. I Continue

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How much ethics does climate protection need?

ZIN members design second part of the series: "Münster Climate Talks"

How should climate protection measures be justified? Are there limits to purely rational arguments for complex and costly climate protection, which may also encroach on the individual's rights of freedom? Can there be a social consensus for ambitious climate protection and on what is it based? What values and sense of responsibility for the life chances of future generations does the individual and society have? Questions like these are the subject of the second evening of the "Münster Climate Talks". I Continue