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Stefan Thiesen is a Germany, UK and USA educated earth and space scientist and science writer. He is an expert in marine science, climatology and planetary sciences, author of several popular science books in German and English as well as a novel and numerous short pieces. During the last years his professional work focused on solar energy and solar energy based water desalination and treatment solutions with projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. One of his Water Projects was a finalist in the World Bank Development Marketplace Competition of 2006. Since summer 2006 Stefan works for the development dept. of a leading European solar energy company.
Other fields of interest include marine protected areas and traditional land and ocean management. He was invited speaker on international conferences, including EU and NATO advanced research workshops. Stefan lives on an ancient farm in Westfalia/Germany together with his wife Yvette, three daughters Sophie Maris (meaning "Wisdom of the Sea"), Liv Moana (meaning "Sea Life") and Stella Marina (Meaning Star of the Sea) as well as their dog Amie.
To BE - or Not to BE: Is Mankind in Midst of a Millenia Long Evolutionary Step?
Modern man has been around for up to 100,000 years, but only recently, during the last approx. 3000 years, agriculture, science, commerce, technology, architecture, philosophy and religions arose. I propose the idea that man is in midst of a millenia long evolutionary step, only half conscious, half way between animal and full fledged homo sapiens sapiens. But there is age old insight into our true nature's shortcomings...
Green Demons Rising
What do we want? A poem that I conceived during an experience of near "enlightenment" while studying in Hawaii - a phase that deeply transformed me and sent me off to seek for another track. After almost 18 years I still am recovering from the shock. Where is mankind going? And why? Why do we allow us to be controlled by something that does not even exist?
Last Dance of the Dinosaurs? Mixed Feelings after the German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf
On November 26 the German Sustainability Award was presented at a Gala in the Düsseldorf Maritim Hotel in Germany after a day of workhops and presentations with world leaders in the environmental field. The Gala Guests represented approximately 2 trillion US Dollars in turnover, and the author of these words still is not sure what all this was about. Sustainability of a new industry brand? Last manager standing? We shall see.
Thursday, July 1, 2010(5 comments)
Bycatch - or Searching an Ethics for the Oceans
What is Bycatch? Is it a necessary evil of the fishing industry, or can it be avoided? What does it mean that we just throw away millions of tons of living beings? How can we change our global behavior and attitude towards the world that surrounds us?
Anger, Sadness and Shame: Where are the Prophets and Visionaries?
The exponentially growing economy drives resources and carrying capacities to their limits, increasingly risks like deep ocean drilling are taken that can lead to environmental and human disaster, while governments around the world cope with the financial crisis by fueling the very fire that caused it. It is time to listen to the facts of science combined with sounds of wisdom of all times to change the course of destruction.
Friday, January 29, 2010(1 comments)
A War Against Money?
Who is ruling the world? Elected Governments by means of democratic legitimation or banks and corporate powerhouses by means of financial might and corruption? Are we seeing the emergence of a conflict for power in the globalized world? A conflict between governments and corporations - between democracy and money?
Friday, October 3, 2008(2 comments)
Empire of Greed
Money and economic growth have become the exclusive focus of media and policy attention, but it may be time to undertake an all encompassing reality check and seek for more appropriate values in a complex world - values rooted in reality. This short essay explores some of the potential root questions.