Support a cause

Johannes is endorsing you to support one or several of the following non-profit initiatives. He supports their causes, but is not affiliated with them, nor has he any vested interests.

Science and application for the common good

Johannes is one out of almost 15,000 signatories of the 2020 warning by the Alliance of World Scientists (AWS) to the public that the world is facing a climate emergency. The appeal is available here (BioScience Vol. 70), the 2021 update here (BioScience Vol. 71). The summary is reproduced here:

"We scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat. In this paper, we present a suite of graphical vital signs of climate change over the last 40 years. Results show greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, with increasingly damaging effects. With few exceptions, we are largely failing to address this predicament. The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity. We suggest six critical and interrelated steps that governments and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change, covering 1) Energy, 2) Short-lived pollutants, 3) Nature, 4) Food, 5) Economy, and 6) Population. Mitigating and adapting to climate change entails transformations in the ways we govern, manage, feed, and fulfill material and energy requirements. We are encouraged by a recent global surge of concern. Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. The Pope issued an encyclical on climate change. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change. As scientists, we urge widespread use of our vital signs and anticipate that graphical indicators will better allow policymakers and the public to understand the magnitude of this crisis, track progress, and realign priorities to alleviate climate change. The good news is that such transformative change, with social and ecological justice, promises greater human wellbeing in the long-run than business as usual. We believe that prospects will be greatest if policy makers and the rest of humanity promptly respond to our warning and declaration of a climate emergency, and act to sustain life on planet Earth, our only home."

The AWS is an international, fully independent assembly of scientists with the goal of being a collective international voice regarding global climate and environmental trends and how to turn accumulated knowledge into action. Consider a donation here.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is a non-profit organization founded more than 50 years ago by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the mission of using rigorous, independent science to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Consider a donation here.

Peace

Johannes subscribes to Asimov's Laws of Robotics as fundamental ethical principles of artificial intelligence, and is disgusted by recent developments in realm of autonomous weaponry. Please learn about the issue here, support Amnesty International's petition to stop killer robots here, the Future of Life Institute's pledge against autonomous weapons here, and consider a donation to the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a spin-off from Human Rights Watch.

Help for self-help

A bicycle can be a game-changer on the way to escape poverty. And it's the most energy efficient and hence climate friendly mode of transportation. Being a bike enthusiast by himself, Johannes is supporting the cause of the World Bicycle Relief, a charity organization delivering specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need. Please consider a donation here