In walking through the Bremen Viertel, one will face an onslaught of fliers, graffiti, stickers, and signs promoting almost every leftist socio-political cause under the sun. Footprints of activism pertaining to issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia, animal cruelty, war, fascism, and capitalism cohabitate every corner. Considering the statistic that the average viewing time for a single poster is one and half seconds (Demarmels, pg. 233), it is likely many of the messages become lost amongst one another until they are no more than colorful storefront displays. One of the movements lost in these overwhelming traces of activism is environmentalism.
Like the other movements in the Viertel, the environmental movement takes the physical form graffiti, posters, stickers, signs, and even sidewalk paint. Along with various physical forms, Viertel environmental activism takes the form of many specific causes. Go Vegan, Save the Whales, Buy Secondhand, Live Zero Waste, and Vote for the Greens are just a few examples. It is also important to acknowledge the support shown for causes in what I will identify as first, second, and third levels organizations/movements; the first level pertains to those originating in Germany and remaining regional, the second to those originating in Germany and becoming international, and the third to those originating internationally and gaining popularity in Germany. Examples of these three different levels are provided below.
The causes and organizations mentioned above are just a fraction of the environmental movements advocated for through visual forms of protest in the Bremen Viertel. One must go and take a walk for themselves to truly absorb the scope of the passion Bremeners in the Viertel seem to possess for the environment, as well as for the aforementioned causes and movements. As posters are generally viewed in the context of art rather than politics by intellectuals in the humanities (Demarmels, pg. 236), the sheer mass of visual forms of environmental activism that continues to exist in the age of digital media activism should be further studied in order to be better understood. Till then, go and admire the passion of Bremeners for yourself.
Demarmels, Sascha (2016): Posters and Placards, in: Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Martin Klimke, and Joachim Scharloth (eds.), Protest Cultures. A Companion, New York, NY: Berghahn Books, pp. 233–242