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Franziska Lonnes

ADL - Central Europe

"Small steps can turn into bigger steps and they can inspire others to make small changes too (the more people making small changes the better)."

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Participant Impact

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    meatless or vegan meals
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    spent learning

Franziska's Actions

Basic Needs & Security

Try a new plant-based food or beverage

... something you haven't tried before. What about a cappuccino with oat milk, for example? Did you know?: A 2018 study by Oxford University shows that a glass of cow’s milk has at least three times more emissions than any alternative milk. A liter of cow milk requires 1,050 liters of water to produce. This is a wild amount of resources. In terms of greenhouse gases, a 200 milliliter glass of cow’s milk creates around 0.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Plan A Staycation in Your Community

SDG #11 Communities

For an upcoming vacation, I will plan a staycation in my region.

One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Promote the EcoChallenge 2022

Create a LinkedIn & Co posting and share your participation in the EcoChallenge 2022! Let's raise awareness for this EcoChallenge 2022 and make people curious about this year's Earth Month. The more people know about it, the more people participate, the greater our joint impact will be. By the end of this month everyone in your network should know what the Earth Month is all about & how small steps can lead to a big change. (On the HIVE you find great social media banners & short texts for your postings - Just click on the link & download!)

One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

SDG #12 Consumption & Production

Each day, I will spend 5 minutes learning about sustainable fashion so that I can engage in this practice.


Basic Needs & Security

Reduce Animal Product Consumption

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

I will enjoy 5 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.


Health & Equity

Practice Mindfulness

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 6 minutes each day practicing mindfulness.


Health & Equity

Learn About Gender Diversity

SDG #5 Gender

I will spend 60 minutes learning about gender diversity.

One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Communicate Constructively

SDG #16 Peace & Justice

I will use the communication methods I read about to practice effective, compassionate, and nonviolent communication with someone I interact with regularly (i.e., my roommate, parents, co-worker, partner, classmates, or children).


Climate & Ecosystems

Reduce Single-Use Plastics

SDG #14 & 15

Throughout the day, I will note the single-use plastics I use and consider the reusable options available to me.



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    Franziska Lonnes 4/27/2022 7:38 PM
    Yesterday, I joined a cooking class during my vacation in beautiful Sri Lanka. We cooked 10 different delicious dishes - all vegan. I can tell you Sri Lanka is a culinary  heaven for vegetarian & vegan food! Really recommend you to try some recipes from Sri Lanka.

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/27/2022 7:18 PM
    During my vacation I practiced Yoga daily. I think it really helps you to be more mindful about yourself, the people around you and the whole environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Try a new plant-based food or beverage
    Did you like the product you tested? Could you imagine eating/drinking it more regularly?

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/14/2022 12:09 AM
    For my last lunch I tried the Frosta vegan frozen dish "Chicken Frikasee". This was always one of my favorite dishes as a child - and I have to say it tastes great! I would really recommend you to try it. Especially in a busy day, this is a quick, delicious vegan lunch in the home office.

    Veganes Hühner Frikassee 450g von FRoSTA online bestellen | FRoSTA Shop

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/12/2022 8:11 AM
    Hey Ecochallenge Community,

    Since the EcoChallenge is really about creating change and getting people to do things they would (probably) rather not do, I'd like to share an interesting article from HBR on this topic:
    Persuading Your Team to Embrace Change (
    How do leaders persuade people to do things they would rather not do?

    1) The “Foot-in-the-Door” Technique
    One answer, which psychologists call the “foot-in-the-door” technique, is that the best way to get people to change something big, or do something hard, is to first ask them to change something small, or do something easy. By agreeing to the request, and then meeting it, people develop a sense of commitment and confidence that makes them more enthusiastic about agreeing to the next (bigger) request. In other words, the path to big change is paved by lots of small steps and little bets — each of which builds on what’s come before.

    2) The “Door-in-the-Face” Technique
    There is a second answer to the question of how to get people to do things they would rather not do. That is to insist that they do something even bigger and more dramatic than what you actually have in mind, and then when they refuse or resist, your real objectives seem tame by comparison. Psychologists call this the “door-in-the-face” technique. In another landmark article, researchers asked, “What would be the result of making an extreme first request which is sure to be rejected and then asking for a more moderate second” request? The answer, it turns out, is that people are far more likely to go along with the second request.

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/07/2022 1:09 AM
    Today I completed my "COMMUNICATE CONSTRUCTIVELY" activity and learning about the importance of saying "thank you" and the best way to express gratitude.

    I would like to share this interesting article
    How to Write a Meaningful Thank You Note (

    Many of us fear expressing our thanks to others. We might worry that our efforts will be misinterpreted or make the person on the receiving end uncomfortable. Or we might struggle to find the right words to express how we feel. Here’s how to do it right.
    • Keep it genuine: The goal of expressing appreciation should be to let someone know how their actions have impacted you and/or others. If you have any other agenda, your message will not be authentic.
    • Share what you appreciate and why: Focus on the impact their actions had on you and explain both what you appreciate and why. This will help the other person understand the reason you feel the way you do.
    • Send it: E-mails get lost and handwritten cards get saved. Write your message on a piece of paper, post-it note, or card and give it directly to the person. If you are at work, you can also leave it on their desk or in their “mailbox.”

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/05/2022 12:01 AM
    • European consumption of textiles has the fourth highest impact on the environment and climate change, after food, housing and mobility. It is he third sector for higher use of water and land use, and fifth for the use of primary raw materials and greenhouse gas emissions.
    • The average European throws away 11kg of textiles every year. Around the world, a truckload of textiles is landfilled or incinerated every single second. Global textiles production almost doubled between 2000 and 2015, and the consumption of clothing and footwear is expected to increase by 63% by 2030. In parallel with this relentless expansion, negative impacts on resources, water, energy consumption, and the climate continue to grow. The need to address the production and consumption of textiles is now more urgent than ever before. 
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Reduce Animal Product Consumption
    What was the tastiest meatless or vegan meal you ever had or had recently? Did you make it? Can you share a recipe?

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/04/2022 9:21 AM
    There are so many great new plant-based products out there now, and new innovations keep coming. I discovered trying out these new foods/drinks as a little new hobby at the beginning of the Corona Pandemic. As a starting point I recommend trying out some plant based milks. For me, only organic cow's milk used to be an option....Now I've switched almost completely to plant milk. In the beginning you have to get used to it, but now it even tastes much better to me. It's a long journey, but a journey worth taking! By the way, my favourite plant-based milk option is the "Barista - Oat and Soy Milk". If you've never done it, be sure to try a plant-based cappuccino during Ecochallenge 2022!
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Reduce Single-Use Plastics
    What plastic or single-use items do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted?

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/01/2022 8:44 AM

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    Franziska Lonnes 4/01/2022 12:17 AM
    The question shouldn't be "Why?" but "Why not?" - Let's care for our planet, our communities and people. If we all individually take small steps for a better world, together we can achieve great things. And why not have fun while collectively embracing the challenge?