March 19, 2021 marks the Global Day of Climate Action, directing our awareness once again to the undeniable reality: Things on our planet can’t continue to go on the way they are right now. Since we can’t take to the streets together in person this year, we’re taking a look back to 2019’s “Global Strike Day” as it was called back then, and we’re also sharing a few creative ideas for collective activism in this very special year.
What happened so far
For the first time, on May 24, 2019, Wildling closed its online shop as well as its offline locations in support of climate protection, and promptly repurposed its Cologne showroom into a discussion space. Live and by video stream, the discussion focused on Wildling’s sustainable supply chain along with ideas on how to make it even more climate-friendly. This blog article takes us there on a brief journey back in time.
Less than four months later, on September 20, 2019, we met again at the same location with a host of like-minded Wildlings to make protest signs, monitor Wildling’s sustainability progress, and – after a light snack – take to the streets together on behalf of Planet Earth. We still get goosebumps watching the video that really captured that day for us:
And after that?
A lot of things have happened in the fox’s den since then. A new team has been formed to advance Wildling’s goal of making a positive impact on our Earth’s inhabitants. And since it’s way more fun to work together, Wildling has joined the network 1% for the Planet this year.
On top of that, the team in the fox’s den is particularly excited about a very recent project that Wildling launched together with the Peetzig farm and Bienenbotschaft: a six-hectare flowering meadow that will provide a wonderful feast for bees and other pollinating insects, whose food supply is steadily dwindling due – among other things – to the use of pesticides in intensive agriculture.
Image: Wildling Shoes/Nora Tabel
Global Day of Climate Action 2021: Small-scale activism
This year, the more traditional avenues for coming together as a collective Wildling pack to make a statement for climate action are a bit limited. But that also challenges us to get inventive, which is why on March 19, 2021, we’re not only closing the Wildling online shop and the live chat, we’re also going on a digital strike.
For the past several days, we’ve included postcards in every order that you can use on that day and beyond. With a little creativity, you can use the postcards to send messages or even turn them into mini protest posters that you can share on social media using #thepacktakesaction. You can also find the images here to download and print out. Let’s make a statement together!
Cover image: Wildling Shoes/Nora Tabel