The corona pandemic relentlessly shows what mankind has done wrong in the past decades and sharpens the view for the essential. Now is the time to seize the momentum of the crisis. There are enough optimistic voices - for a life worth living after Corona - or better - with Corona. We have picked up some of these voices.

“When talking about climate protection, we always also spoke about lifestyles, about our quality of life, about how less is more. Perhaps the coronavirus crisis will help us on the path toward cultural innovation: Lifestyles that bring our well-being into harmony with the limits of our ecosystem.”

Dirk Messner
(President of the Federal Environment Agency),
Süddeutsche Zeitung, March 29, 2020

ׅ“The coronavirus has shown us that we can say ’Stop!’ and do lots of things very differently. We’re learning new behaviors, learning to use new technologies – all this is really happening.”

Professor Thomas Lenk, economic researcher
at Leipzig University, April 3, 2020

“Politicians and the state can act quickly when they have the will to do so. It is conceivable that the people will force politicians to tackle, for example, the climate crisis with the same resoluteness.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung,
May 14, 2020

„Die kommende Welt wird Distanz wieder schätzen – und gerade dadurch Verbundenheit qualitativer gestalten. Autonomie und Abhängigkeit, Öffnung und Schließung werden neu ausbalanciert. Dadurch kann die Welt komplexer, zugleich aber auch stabiler werden.“

Matthias Horx, futurologist, “The World After the Coronavirus,” horx.com, March 20, 2020

“Each one of us can make a difference. Everyone protects themselves and everyone knows that by doing so, they protect others as others protect them. This isn’t something you can learn in a social studies lesson. This sense of personal responsibility is an experience that will remain with us for many years.”

Elke Bodderas, journalist,
welt.de, April 18, 2020

„When the
pandemic is over,
the world must
come together.”

Michail Gorbatschow, Time.com, 15.04.2020

“Nothing is more important right now than conscientious, binding solidarity. We can learn from this when it comes to climate protection. Think of it as an intergenerational contract, whereby young people protect the old through strict social distancing today and the old protect the young through dedicated climate protection tomorrow.”

Claudia Kemfert, Frankfurter
Rundschau, May 16, 2020

“COVID-19 along with climate change could be the driving forces of our age to transform economic thinking, policy and the choices people make.”

Wendy Carlin, Professor of Economics at University College London, Financial Times, April 23, 2020