ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT BEN AICHELE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Leuphana University of Luneburg | Lüneburg, Germany | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 2
" To ensure that life is still worth living everywhere in the world in 10 years' time, a radical rethink is needed now in many respects. Therefore, I hope that the Millennium Fellowship will bring about exchange with people from all over the world, interdisciplinary cooperation and the sharing of a common passion and a common goal. Together we are still able to change something before it is too late! "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Stop Wasting - Start Giving!
As part of the project “Stop Wasting- Start Giving!”, Ben Aichele, Catinke Bertz, Friederike Schwenkner, Hannah Reemtsma, Marcel Rastel, Chiara Woytaszek and Hannah Koch are advocating for SDG 12 “responsible consumption and production”.
With our project, we are actively campaigning against food waste in Germany and are looking into an anti-waste law based on the French model and a possible German counterpart. Our project consists of three main phases of work. The first phase focused on knowledge aggregation regarding the political status quo, the perteiprogrammes of the six established German parties and the resulting development potential of a possible anti-austerity law. Thsi phase has been completed. Phase two consists of sharing our knowledge with other people. For this purpose, we have organised a partner school in which we have already conducted a workshop with students of year 8 and will continue to conduct workshops even after the Fellowship has ended. In the third and final phase of our project work, we are working on a petition for a possible anti-litter law in Germany. Together with a pro bono advocate from one of our interlocutors, we will draft such a petition and thus call on our federal government to make food policy more sustainable. The work on the petition will take a lot of time and will extend long beyond the official period of the Millennium Fellowship.
About the Millennium Fellow
Ben Aichele is a far-sighted and globally thinking political science student at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, where he also lives. From an early age, he thought globally and campaigned for global social justice, especially in the education sector, through a school project. After graduating from school, he went to Ghana for a year and gained important intercultural skills there. Afterwards, he realized how important the exchange between perspectives from different parts of the world is in order to achieve a common goal. Ben is socially engaged in many ways and raises awareness about the SDGs through his own educational work.