Cheers for mucking up the planet, now lead us to fix it!

Fancy a 10-minute writing challenge? Let’s warm up those creative juices!

‘Scene set at COP28 in Dubai: In a swanky conference room, an oil mogul, slick in a suit, sits across from a policymaker, both eyeing the top spot. The conversation veers from absurd to downright ridiculous as they navigate through climate policies, each trying to outmanoeuvre the other with their agendas.’

Writing tip: Be delightfully silly.


We invite you to share your vision with us at WriteNow Berlin. You don’t need to be a writer, and you can express your thoughts in any language that feels right. No strict guidelines, just your imagination painting a brighter future. Let’s dream together of a sustainable and marvellous world.

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When someone says ‘Net Zero,’ what do you imagine?

Setting a net zero target is like promising to clean up a big mess without making more messes. Imagine your room is really messy, and you decide to clean it up completely by picking up all the cups, clothes, and things lying around. But, you also promise not to make it messy again by putting things away after using them.

So, in the big world sense, setting a net zero target means trying to balance out the stuff that’s bad for the environment, like pollution from cars and factories, by doing things that are good for the environment, like planting trees or using cleaner energy sources. The goal is to have no extra bad stuff left over that hurts the planet.

Imagine this scene:

It’s Black Friday at Media Markt in Alexanderplatz, and chaos has a new address.

A herd of people is running around the shop like headless chickens, grabbing whatever they can get. It’s a war scene. A TV set falls on someone’s head. He is seriously injured, lying on the floor. People jump over him to get to the Waffle Maker shelf. The 10 Euro Waffle Maker transports the shoppers into a seething sea of waffle-loving monsters. They’re ripping the shelves like it is feeding time at the zoo, holding as many as six waffle makers at a time. It’s like a mosh pit at a metal concert, but no one’s having a good time, and everyone hates each other. So far, 29 people have been injured, and one elderly woman is hospitalized.

Amidst the chaos, an unexpected character walks in. It’s none other than Albert Einstein, resurrected for a special Black Friday cameo. With wild hair and a mischievous grin, he scans the pandemonium.

Einstein clears his throat, capturing the attention of every shopper. “E=mc² may be the equation of the universe, but today, it stands for ‘Every appliance = my chaos².’ Let’s rethink this, my friends. Is a discounted blender really worth sacrificing your dignity for?”

The entire store freezes. Shoppers exchange perplexed glances as if an alien just spoke fluent waffle maker. The waffle frenzy pauses, and for a moment, it’s as if time itself is reevaluating its choices.

What happens next? Your turn to decide! Share your absurd comedy short story with us. You can submit it here. We will publish it here, on our website. Let’s turn this Black Friday madness into a tale of cosmic hilarity.