The original version of this article was written for the upcoming SRM Talk Yearbook, as a follow up on my presentation “We are climate change”, held in June 2019.

An open pit brown coal mine in Western Germany, with heavy machinery a cloud of pollution hanging over it
An open pit brown coal mine in Western Germany, with heavy machinery a cloud of pollution hanging over it
Garzweiler II seen from what used to be the A61. The machines are only a few hundred metres from Keyenberg and the yellow cloud in the sky is pollution from the minig.

No such thing as the voiceless

Exactly one year ago, I was heading back from my first trip to Keyenbeg. After attending the Climate Reality Leadership Training in June 2018 in Berlin, I debated with those who would become my co-founder at Climate Hub Hamburg, why none of us had ever heard about Keyenberg before. …

This short text was originally published on my personal photography blog on Earth Day 2019.

Fjallsárlón glacial lagoon and Fjallsjökull glacier.

In our daily urban lives is very easy to forget how our entire existence is linked d to our climate, and how every drop of rain of ray of sunshine is part of a complex system of interconnected phenomena. And there is nothing like a short trip into the untamed nature to remind ourselves how fragile our perceived greatness is.

Regardless of how accessible travelling has become and how many films and tv shows some places may appear in, it remains extremely humbling to stand…

About 40km from the Hambach Forest, the fight against coal has been going on for decades.


Before taking my hand, Willi tells me to switch off the camera and close my eyes: “Trust me, it’s worth it. You can film it later.”

I do what he says, and while he guides me up the concrete steps I hear the humming of the heavy machinery growing louder and feel the shade of the oak trees thinning around me. I know exactly what is expecting me. It’s not the first time in my life that I am going to be standing on the edge of an open pit coal mine. It’s not even the first time in the…

Wherever people live, there is inevitably conflict. And there is history. We need to stop forgetting that when we travel abroad.

The bones of an Oryx and Devil’s Thorn blossoms in the Namib Desert. April 2018, all rights reserved.

During the second year of my BA in Development Studies, I had to choose “History and Institutions of” two different areas of the world for my elective credits. My first choice was, naturally, Latin America. I grew up with a fascination with mythological creatures and revolutionaries and in an environment that elevated the latter to the status of the former. It turns out, the two narratives are very similar. …

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Recently I often found myself discussing my beliefs with other people. While doing so, I started trying to figure out how they came to be part of me. That’s why I decided to make a list of books that made me change, adjust, drop some beliefs and inspired me to learn. Hopefully, they will inspire someone else.

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Considered one of the great classics of feminist thought and literature, The Second Sex is actually about our entire civilisation: “a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness” that goes all the way back to our hunter and gatherers ancestors. …

Why the Hafenkinder should worry about Climate Change

Hamburg Blankenese, on a very warm November day (2016)

To many, it might seem that Hamburg, and more in general Germany, are not likely to suffer the most extreme consequences of 2°C or even 4°C warmer world. Germany is far away from deserts and tropical storms, and it is already one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to sustainable energy resources, energy efficiency, and mitigation policies and research: renewables account for over 25% of the energy supply and with the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE), the country aims at halving the energy consumption by…

An ongoing series about Climate Change

Moonrise in the Badlands, Death Valley National Park, January 2016

According to the World Meteorological Organisation, the warmest temperature ever recorded of 56.7°C was measured on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California, which I visited in January 2016 right after 2015 was declared the warmest year on record and just before the passage of El Niño caused a superbloom of the desert flowers, and brought some relief from the drought that has been affecting California for the past three years.

I didn’t get the chance to see the superbloom but these event falls into a pattern that I’ve been witnessing and recording on…

Photo credits: AFP

I’m not gonna lie: I was never a firm believer of socialism and communism, but I always found the idea of universal equality and of a “benevolent dictator” able to deliver healthcare, education, and basic wages to all of his subjects, a captivating one to the very least . Which is why I used to idolise revolutionary leaders and Fidel Castro most of all.

Being born and raised in the country that invented fascism it was very easy for me to see the toxicity of right-wing totalitarianism and for many years the downsides of left-wing authoritarianism were lost on me…

Nico Scagliarini

Made in Italy. Based in Hamburg. Trying to make a career out of doing good and reading way too many books about space.

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