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Sustainability requires that decisions be made - not in the distant future, but now.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability is a key success factor to establish environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

A balance between economy, ecology, and social responsibility can only be achieved through cooperation between society, politics, the economy, and each individual.

Vera Gäde-Butzlaff, Member of the Council

Gäde-Butzlaff

Sustainability first and foremost means to go beyond immediate utility and think in the long term, which requires assuming responsibility for the future.

Alois Glück, Member of the Council

Alois Gück

Education is the basis for establishing sustainability as the guiding principle behind our activities, as are more action partnerships and practical examples at the local, regional and international level.

Walter Hirche, Member of the Council

Walter Hirche

To create quality of life and reduce the consumption of resources it involves requires that we take further steps in incorporating sustainability in everyday action as employees, consumers, and citizens.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

Sustainable development requires moving the fight against climate change to the center of social and economic transformation - not only in Germany but worldwide.

Jennifer Morgan, Member of the Council

Jennifer Morgan

The Energiewende has reduced the costs of green energy severely. It thus is competitive internationally and contributes to achieve global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

Sustainable consumption behaviour will continue to be embraced merely by a dedicated minority for as long as the wrong incentives are provided and structures fail to support it.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

A balanced world has been a must for the Club of Rome since 1972– the challenge for our work at the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Max Schön, Member of the Council

Max Schön

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

Sustainability necessitates reason and responsibility in our social, ecological and economic actions.

Michael Vassiliadis, Member of the Council

Michael Vassiliadis

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

Without images of the future that allow us to imagine what the quality of life in a sustainable modernity might look like, we are neither able to conceive of an active role of politics in shaping it nor the role of civil society in a political process to that end.

Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer, Coopted member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer
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Facing Sustainability Award (2005)

How do people who care about sustainability look like? This was the question of this year’s annual communication project of the German Council for Sustainable Development. Every participant could take part with photos of a friend who works for human rights, or the neighbour who works on an organic farmyard, the professor who carried out exciting research projects on relevant topics or the politician who takes the fight against poverty and the protection of the environment seriously even when it is not the run-up to an election.

Facing Sustainability Award

Photos – People – Stories of Sustainability

What do people who care about sustainability look like? This was the question of this year’s annual communication project of the German Council for Sustainable Development. Every participant could take part with photos of a friend who works for human rights, or the neighbour who works on an organic farmyard, the professor who carried out exciting research projects on relevant topics or the politician who takes the fight against poverty and the protection of the environment seriously even when it is not the run-up to an election.

Up to three photos could be sent in. Portrait photos or close-ups, but they could be accompanied by photos of objects or landscapes which have a direct link to the person portrayed. The different aspects of sustainability should be illustrated by showing the people who are working for a fairer future.

Just as important as the photo was the story of the people telling, how they are active for sustainability in economic affairs, social concerns or the environment.

In this international foto competition amateur and professional photographers of all ages have been invited to submit entries. 197 participants followed the call. 450 fotos have been sent – among these have been a surprisingly high proportion from foreign contries.

The German Council for Sustainable Development published a postcard book with twelve of the entries. The postcard book can be purchased for free via info@nachhaltigkeitsrat.de.

At the annual conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development on 6 September 2005 in Berlin there was released an exhibition with a choice of the 27 best works. The winners of the prizes of Jury as well as the public prize have been celebrated in the Facing Sustainability Award Ceremony.

For the Award Ceremony the Council has ventured an experiment. Forty pupils, mostly without any dance experience, developped together with the choreographer Volker Eisenach a production of the four winner fotos. Four weeks in advance, the pupils of Anna-Siemsen-School and Kepler-School from Berlin-Neukölln have been informed about the idea. What has been created, was an overwhelming production that was highly valued by the about 1.000 participants of the annual congress in standing ovations.

The choreographer Volker Eisenach is leader of the Faster Than Light Dance Company Berlin and known through the projects Education@Bphil of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the documentary „Rhythm is it“.

The project showed that education for sustainable development can be realized besides accurately defined syllabies and established methods.

The “Facing Sustainability Award“ was a contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and was organised in cooperation with the BLK Transfer-21 Programme.

Media partner of the competition was National Geographic Germany.

Ordering the postcard book:

You can obtain the postcard book for free via E-Mail to info@remove-this.nachhaltigkeitsrat.de or by sending a postcard to
German Council for
Sustainable Development (RNE)
Office c/o GTZ
Potsdamer Platz 10,
D-10785 Berlin, Germany

Ordering the DVD:

You can obtain the film DVD as a documentation of the dance project for 10.- EUR via E-Mail to frifaber@remove-this.gmx.de.

Publikumspreis: “expedition WELT” (Fotoserie)

Drei Studenten starten 2006 auf eine 8-monatige “expedition WELT” rund um den Globus. Sie besuchen Initiativen für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und Menschen die tagtäglich für eine Veränderung kämpfen. Die Höhen und Tiefen ihres Abenteuers werden sie live per Internet mit Schülern aus ganz Deutschland teilen. Expedition WELT soll ein Aufruf sein für alle, sich aktiv an einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung zu beteiligen. Denn oft fehlt nur der kleine Funke, um selbst aktiv zu werden.

Bildinfo:
Motiv: Jan Holzapfel,
Tim Lehmann,
Matti Spiecker

Fotograf: Jan Holzapfel
Deutschland
28.05.2005

Download des Publikumspreises “expedition WELT” als PDF-Datei [PDF, 274KB]

Jurypreis: “Zentrum für ehemalige KZ-Häftlinge in Lodz (Polen)”

Hier werden den Menschen ärztliche Unterstützung, psychosoziale Betreuung und Rehabilitationsmaßnahmen angeboten. Essen auf Rädern wird organisiert und ein Treffpunkt geboten.

Die Überlebenden bieten vor allem auch Zeitzeugengespräche in deutschen Schulen an. Sie teilen damit ihre Erfahrungen einer Generation mit, die hoffentlich nie einen Krieg erleben wird. Nachhaltig wird für Völkerverständigung geworben.
Hr. Kauc ist der Leiter und Überlebender von Stutthof und einem russischen Gulag, Fr. Najberg eine Auschwitz-Überlebende und Magda eine Praktikantin.

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Motiv: Zygmunt Kauc vor Maximilian Kolbe,
Helena Najberg,
Magdalena Crisan

Fotograf: Jan Zappner
Deutschland
April 2005

Download des Jurypreises “Zentrum für ehemalige KZ-Häftlinge in Lodz (Polen)” als PDF-Datei [PDF, 368KB]

Jurypreis: “The Protest of Brian Haw” (Fotoserie)

Brian Haw, ein 55-jähriger Zimmermann aus Essex, kampiert seit nun 4 Jahren vor dem britischen Parlament um gegen den Krieg im Irak zu protestieren.

Bildinfo:
Motiv: Brian Haw

Fotograf: Martin Specht
Deutschland
02.06.2005

Download des Jurypreises “The Protest of Brian Haw” als PDF-Datei [PDF, 283KB]

Jurypreis: “Positiv Leben” (Fotoserie)

Herlyn Uiras ist freiwillige HIV-Beraterin in Namibia. Einsatzgebiet der lebensfrohen 21jährigen sind die städtischen Armenviertel. Herlyn hilft den Betroffenen “positiv zu leben” und genießt dabei ganz besonderes Vertrauen: Seit ihrer Vergewaltigung vor fünf Jahren lebt sie selbst mit dem tödlichen AIDS-Virus.

Bildinfo:
Motiv: Herlyn Uiras

Fotograf: Ralph Höfelein
Namibien
16.07.2005

Download des Jurypreises “Positiv Leben” als PDF-Datei [PDF, 342KB]

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