The cocoa tree is a demanding plant that needs good nutrients, a tropical climate, and protection against pests. This intensive work is carried out manually by small farmers and partly by children, so that we can enjoy the fruits of their labor, in the form of chocolate. Recent surveys show that despite the very high demand for cocoa, cocoa farmers usually earn a daily wage far below the poverty level. How does that happen, and as consumers what course can we take if we want to fairly compensate cocoa producers for their tasty treat? We explore these and other questions in a playful and tasteful manner.
Most of the clothes we wear are made in countries where people work for starvation wages and sometimes in life-threatening conditions – without protection from chemicals, in dilapidated buildings, with inhuman working hours for paltry wages. How much responsibility do we bear as a customer? And where in Bonn is there semi-inexpensive but fashionable Fairtrade clothing?
Both the high consumption of conventional cosmetic products and their more than 8,000 active ingredients are discussed here. Not only do these produce effects and side effects for users, but they also pollute the environment and damage flora and fauna. Even natural ingredients that are based on raw materials from the southern hemisphere are often problematic (e.g., palm oil) due to a lack of environmental and social standards. Are there alternatives to everyday products in Bonn? Or is at least another purchase possible?
The production and preparation of our food causes a quarter of the total greenhouse gas emissions in Germany! But how exactly do burgers or tofu cutlets fit into climate change? During this city walk, you will be educated in a fun way, how everyone can do something for themselves and the environment at the same time. Even small changes can make a big difference. We use interactive methods to highlight the production and global trade routes of our food. Together we will discover these connections and visit initiatives and shopping possibilities for delicious and sustainable food in Bonn.
With the purchase of natural products we directly influence the environment, health and, for example, the countries of the southern hemisphere. Eco-farming works with much less nitrogen, pesticides, water and CO2. Through sustainable cycle management, it simultaneously promotes biodiversity (more than 30% compared to conventional agriculture). We want to approach the subject in a playful but tangible way, as well as explore opportunities in Bonn while support the farmers so we can enjoy good food.
Mobility is often associated with freedom and nowadays it is one of the most important qualities that we humans want to receive and partially deem as necessary. What paths can we take and what does it look like in Bonn?
Raw materials such as copper, coltan, gold, etc. are used in making cellphones. However, these are extracted under conditions that not only damage the environment but also create conflict in the countries of origin. On the other hand, cellphones have become part of our everyday life.
As customers, how can we behave responsibly? Where in Bonn can one find concrete opportunities to do so?