People on Sustainability

The Introduction

This is the start of a new project I worked on during the last 3 months or so. It is called “People on Sustainability”. The idea is to interview different people with diverse background with regard to sustainability. As such I asked them some very big, difficult and complex questions. Now, it is time to start sharing! So, stay tuned during the next week to watch the first video. As I have never done anything like this before, I am very excited what you all with think about this project and questions.

All the best, Jo.

Episode 1

I shot first episode together with Bente in Lüneburg. It was already a couple of months ago, I think at the very beginning of spring.

The questions I asked during the video:

  • From your perspective, what is sustainability?
  • What do you contribute to sustainability?
  • If you think about the future, what do you associate with 2050?
  • You are a part of the generation of the 21st century where everything is connected and we face those global challenges. To you, what are the key challenges?
  • What needs to change?


Episode 2

Have you ever been to the HafenCity in Hamburg? Watch the second episode of People on Sustainability in which I interview Aga, a dear friend of mine, whilst walking in the HafenCity.

The questions I asked during the video:

  • Do you remember the first time that you have heard about sustainability?
  • What is your understanding of sustainability?
  • Why is there no sustainable planet, yet?
  • Where do you see humanity 15 years from now?
  • Challenges like ocean acidification, climate change, biodiversity loss – Do you think that there is a slight chance that we actually tackle those?
  • What is the trigger? Are those individuals the key or is it the whole society that has to change?


Episode 3

This episode takes place in the city of Lüneburg. There I interviewed Judith while we strolled around a lake.

The questions I asked during the video:

  • What is your personal understanding of sustainability?
  • When you think about the planet earth, how would you describe its’ current state?
  • How can we contribute to a reconnection form society to nature? Do you have an idea?
  • Do you have faith in humanity to take action? Do you believe that we are able to tackle all those challenges?
  • When you think about your everyday life, how do you contribute to sustainability?
  • Is there anything that annoys you about sustainability? If yes, what is it?
  • Do you have any advise?


Episode 4

Hamburg meine Perle – in the fourth episode we strolled a bit around the harbour of Hamburg. Markus, founder of Wild Coast, was so kind to answer the following questions:

  • What is your personal understanding of sustainability?
  • Do you think that you contribute to a sustainable world?
  • One of you businesses is called Wild Coast. What do you do there?
  • How can we make a change?
  • Are you optimistic or are you rather pessimistic for a sustainable development?
  • Do you have a sentence of advise, for you or another person, regarding a sustainable lifestyle?

Episode 5

Sppppecial Episode! As I am currently participating at the Climate KIC Summer School, I thought why not asking some of the other participants what they think sustainability is. ‘The Journey’ is a 5 weeks program where European students become entrepreneurs with the goal to tackle climate change issues. Find out more here.

The questions were:

  • What is your personal understanding of sustainability?
  • How do you contribute to a sustainable development?
  • What are obstacles for a sustainable world?
  • What annoys you about sustainability?


For now, the 5th episode was the last one of this series. Please feel free to share this project or add your answers as a comment below.

About the author


Hi there, I am Jo. Currently, I am a blogger and student, based in London, UK. Living in urban settings with a passion for sustainability inspired me to create this blog. Here, I want to capture and share some of my urban explorations, experiences and thoughts. Feel free to click around, give feedback, share the blog or connect with me. Cheers!

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  • I love this idea and series! Great to explore how sustainability means different things for different people, and to understand that before tackling the obstacles. Excited for the next project 🙂

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