Welcome to our Saturday for Future! We’ve decided to tackle the subject of climate change in a special way: 5 poetry slammers will compete to send the best Signals of Hope to nature - and you get to decide who wins! Carla Reemtsma and Georg Diez join the slam with a talk about the lessons of Corona and new, sustainable approaches to living in general. On board as partners: the SDG program from the United Nations and the sustainable bank Tomorrow, who have generously sponsorsed the winner(s) prize: 1500 EUR worth of shares in Tomorrow! After the broadcast, you can cast your vote for your favourite slammer until Saturday evening, 23.59 hrs. 50% of your votes will be included in the result, the other 50% will be decided by a jury. Give us your likes and we’ll announce the decision on Sunday right here on the website.
Amina joined the UN in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Carla Reemtsma is an activist organizing school strikes with Fridays For Future and other climate protests. For nearly two years now, she has been planning mass protests, attacking coal companies and speaking about climate justice. ©Markus Hurek
Jule is one of the few participating artists who conjures pure, intense spoken-word poetry in the style of the American tradition. In her performances, the tragedy and euphoria of the individual in society is clearly audible. ©Paul Beermann
Since 2016 Tabea has been part of the German-language poetry slam scene. Runner-up in 2017 and finalist in the German-language poetry slam championships in 2018 she is also a German Federal Prize Winner of Young Authors 2018. ©Anna-Lisa Konrad
With texts on political and private themes, Moritz performs at cabaret events in the German-speaking world. He is a regular member of the Lesebühne "An Wort und Stelle" and became Rhein-Neckar Champion in the Poetry Slam in 2019. ©Natalie Frierich
Katja is a political scientist, has been working for the Frankfurt Book Fair for eleven years and has previously worked in various communication agencies. She specialises in corporate communications, corporate branding and consumer brands. ©Gaby Gerster, feinkorn
Until 2017, Jakob was the founder and managing director of the social business “Lemonaid & ChariTea”. Today, his motto is, “Organic and Fairtrade. Now also as a banking app”. The aim is to bring the complex topic of “sustainable finance” to people in a simple and honest way.
Tomorrow is a generous sponsor of our climate slam as part of ‘Signals of Hope’ and the FBM20. We asked Jakob Berndt, Managing Director of Tomorrow, four questions about hope.
‘Hope’ & ‘Future’ form an inseparable word pair. What about the word pair‘Banking’ & ‘Future?’
In many respects, the two terms seem more than ever to be very contradictory. Banks are often considered a destructive element who finance destructive industries, lack any ethos, launder money and deliver horrendous bonuses to their corrupt CEOs. On top of that the banks of yesterday seem to have missed every opportunity to connect with new, youthful, digital target groups. But that doesn't have to be the case. I strongly believe that the banking sector can also be part of the solution for a sustainable future by actively promoting socially &ecologically positive and promising industries; and by financially empowering people with modern & secure technology.
What concrete opportunities does Tomorrow offer to shape a hopeful future?
We already have the future in our name and that’s no coincidence.Tomorrow has set itself the goal of seeing banking as a driver of a sustainable future worth living in. Firstly, by channelling money to where it can finance positive change, for example, by financing renewable energies, social housing and microcredits. Secondly by automatically supporting climate protection projects with every payment made by our customers. This action alone has already protected more than 70 million square meters of rain forest. We are also gradually turning Tomorrow into a tool that helps people improve their ‘own tomorrow’. Today, we already offer digital budget books and sub-accounts to help people get a grip on their everyday finances - and soon the first investment products will be available that will enable people to make sustainable provisions for the future.
If you were a participant in our climate slam - what would you slam about?
About zebras and new economic activity.
Now we want to send your personal Signal of Hope to the world. Please complete this sentence: Hope is ...
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
The Frankfurter Book Fair Schedule, a day long digital BOOKFEST, an extensive conference program, the large ARD Book Fair stage in the ‘Frankfurt Festhalle’, the ‘Blue Sofa’ and much, much more.
Tomorrow believes money can be part of the solution. But while we're buying organic and using green electricity, our money is in the bank, maybe financing the coal industry. It’s time for a change!
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