Anyone in the mood for a summer vacation is given this one. It seems more necessary than ever. Because some basic trust can help given what humanity – including the privileged populations of western and central Europe – will face for the foreseeable future.
Despite the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis and another Corona winter, the most serious problem is climate change. Arte screens four documentaries about four aspects of his very serious immediate effects. This is five straight hours full of potential concrete disaster scenarios – you have to be able to withstand this focused confrontation first. Although it is important for everyone to be able to stop again and again: it does not help to close your eyes permanently to these developments, which are caused by climate change and intensified by the continuous exploitation of resources. This leads to severe droughts, large fires and floods.
The basic mood of this tormentingly worth watching evening is by no means alarming. Nor does it relate to any dogmatism on the part of those who have always known. It is about the facts. And about the fact that massive local and regional misconduct is always added to the underlying causes of global warming due to excessive emissions of carbon dioxide, which exacerbate the scenarios exponentially.
The system punishes the farmer who operates sustainably
Jens Niehaus makes it clear in his documents drought in europe. Subtitle: Homemade disaster. The example of a German organic farmer shows how some of the EU’s agricultural policies are absurdly misleading. Planting orchards in some of his fields. Trees cast shade, reducing the erosion of fertile soil, which can also store more water. This has three consequences. On the other hand, the microclimate around his fields improved, and it remained cooler there. Second, the farmer achieves higher yields without the need for artificially draining or irrigating the soil. But also: collects less benefits. Because the EU stubbornly pushes by region. But in the case of trees, the grain does not grow, so there is no support for that either.
How, in the final analysis, how entire regions are turned into desert by agriculture that thinks only of the next harvest, can be radically shown by an example from Romania: even three decades after the collapse of communism it was only possible to achieve one sporadic During monoculture on a large scale to revitalize lands destroyed by agriculture and no longer usable for agriculture. In the same way, the forest policy of the past decades has caused serious damage: in Germany, almost half of the trees are either spruce or pine, which often no longer constitute what can be called a forest. Which negatively affects the stability of these ecosystems, especially on the carbon dioxide storage capacity and water balance.
Wherever large beverage companies produce, there are now measurable effects on groundwater
The second film of the evening is about water: Jörg Daniel Hessen speaking at on landHow large beverage companies are exploiting the water resources of Vittel, Wolfwick and Lüneburg Heath. Not only by bottling water for a regional market like small businesses, but for export. In all three places, despite a company spokesperson’s assurances to operate sustainably, there are now measurable impacts on groundwater. In Vittel, building permits were withdrawn, arguing that the water supply for future residents could not be guaranteed – dozens of families are at risk, while at the same time the neighboring company extracts groundwater for 1.6 billion bottles a year, which it uses in half available in supermarkets in Europe .
Dealing with the growing danger of wildfires Megafire: The planet is burningThe increased potential for devastating floods in coastal cities of over one million inhabitants, Underwater: Megacities in Danger. Incidentally, sea level rise is only part of the problem. What is even more dangerous is that many large cities located on river deltas are constantly sinking, sometimes below sea level. This problem is also man-made, and like so much of what this evening has to offer, it’s hard to counter.
“Too Dry, Too Hot, Too Wet: Climate Change and Consequences,” main theme, Aarti, August 16, from 8:15 p.m., or at Media Library.