Green Report 2023: Do we now have to do it like people used to?

Climate change has many impacts: tornadoes, floods, wildfires. ProSieben is starting its “Green Report 2023” (October 3, 8:15 p.m.) and its upcoming Green Week with the sentence: “We are doing without that today.” For its program “How nature protects us from climate change,” ProSieben wants to show something else, namely ideas that give hope. What we learn from the “Ocean” segment is that 90 percent of goods are transported across the oceans. That’s 5,600 ships with 84 million containers every year – and a lot of heavy oil that pollutes the oceans.

Sensible things and rum – and preferably no strawberries in January

Cornelius Bockermann no longer wants to support that. The captain of the cargo sailing ship “Avontuur” used to work for a large shipping company and earned a lot of money. For seven years he and his 15-person crew have been commuting between South America and Europe to transport coffee, cocoa and rum in a C02-neutral manner. A board member says: “We want to do something meaningful.” He was previously the head of a start-up. Ruth von Heusinger, physicist and entrepreneur, sums up: “I think it’s good that we’re looking at how people used to do it.” The first giant tankers are now also partly experimenting with sails. Another interesting fact: You could supply a city like Hamburg entirely with food from a radius of 100 kilometers. But then you just can’t have strawberries in January that come from far away by container ship.

More expensive, better – even top restaurants appreciate this

The next idea comes from Brandenburg. Maria Giménez is actually a painter and came to a farm by chance. She cultivates without fertilizer, without pesticides and relies on self-regulating organic soils. Diversity on the ground seems to work. Because the country would recover best if various vegetables, salads and herbs were grown. It’s also tasty: This quality at the Berlin markets attracts many customers, even though it’s more expensive at Maria Giménez than at other retailers. Top restaurants also buy from Maria.

Hard work for seven days: Nobody asks about work-life balance here

Korbinian Arzberger runs an organic farm and a forestry business south of Regensburg. His recipe: He uses horses to get trees out of the forest – this protects the soil because otherwise machines would destroy too much. Only 20 percent of German forests are considered healthy. Arzberger’s method is as simple as it is effective; Arzberger now offers his services to other forest owners. “It’s hard work for people and animals,” says Korbinian Arzberger, trying to classify the romantic-looking images. He works seven days a week. Apparently this young man doesn’t immediately ask about a work-life balance.

The secret weapon against the climate problem? Lies deep in the moor

The “Green Seven” report reports on a secret weapon in the fight against climate change – it is the moors. The biologist and moor expert Michael Succow has founded a foundation that protects and builds moors. The professor has received many awards for this, and for many experts he is a very special pioneer. Because the moors help the climate to return to balance. And then you also need cows to flatten the soil in a healthy way. We learn from this ProSieben report: There are many good approaches that each of us could implement. But it is also true that changing our everyday lives would not be trivial in order to save the world.

Hank Peter

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