Deutsche Welle's weekly magazine explores the intersection of global development with the social and natural environments of the many cultures on our planet. In each program, host Michaela Kufner presents 3 to 4 video rich segments profiling a different part of the world where man's quest for economic growth is jeopardizing the ecosystems and everyday lives of people from many cultures, from the explosive economic growth in China to the garbage pickers of Rio. The program provides in-depth analysis, investigative reporting, and portraits of people making a difference on the planet. Included: Ideas For a Cooler World, showcasing passionate individuals and innovative projects aimed at combating global climate change.
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Vegetables from the Slums (Episode #508)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 7:30 AM
Many families in Nairobi's slums can't afford fresh vegetables and there is too little space to create regular gardens. Sack gardens are a simple, effective solution. People can grow vegetables in cloth sacks filled with stones and soil. In Kenya's climate, the plants thrive - and a sack garden takes up minimal space. The details:
CURSE OR BLESSING: VANUATU'S VOLCANOES ARE A TOURIST ATTRACTION - Much of the archipelago of Vanuatu is without electricity and running water. People here live from what their own gardens produce. But tourism is becoming an economic factor in the island republic. The main attraction is the boiling lava of the Yasur volcano.
VEGETABLES FROM THE SLUMS: THE SACK GARDENS OF NAIROBI - Vegetables are sold in the slums, but not many people living there can afford them. So now they grow their own. The climate is favorable in Kenya, so plants grow fast if they are sufficiently watered and cared for. But there's not enough space to plant fields. The solution is sack gardens.
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS: GINA BADENOCH - Gina Badenoch comes from Mexico. The child of a Mexican mother and British father, she's a professional photographer. As a social entrepreneur, she has launched a foundation called "Ojos que Sienten", or "Sight of Emotions". Gina Badenoch works with blind people. Her goal is to strengthen their self-confidence and give them the tools to get a job and be self-supporting.
INDIA'S ENDANGERED PARADISE: CLIMATE PROTECTION THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL TEACHING - The Indian state of Goa's economy depends on its beaches, which attract millions of tourists every year. Vacationers want clean beaches and cities, but Goa is burdened with mountains of garbage. If the garbage is allowed to simply rot, climate-damaging gases like methane develop. The biggest problem is that the people here have little environmental consciousness. So the state is now targeting young people. At more than 1000 schools, they are learning about climate change and how to protect their environment.
Fighting Obesity In Mexico (Episode #507)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 7:30 AM
"LIGHT BREEZE": TAIWAN'S CAUTIOUS COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY - Taiwan's massive energy consumption is fed largely by imported fossil fuels. Statistically the island nation is responsible for one percent of the worldwide CO2 emissions. Now Taiwan wants to break with tradition and instead use something the island has in abundance: wind. Climate protection has been declared a "pillar of national development" in Taiwan and the Taipei government has set an ambitious goal of installing 1,000 onshore and offshore wind turbines by 2025.
ABORIGINAL DISCRIMINATION: AUSTRALIA'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS - After centuries of being discriminated against and marginalized, most Aborigines still suffer the lowest living standards in the country. The Australian constitution doesn't even recognize the Aborigines as its indigenous population. But compared with the white population, the discrepancies go much further: Aborigines have a much lower life expectancy; they're more likely to drop out of education and more likely to end up in prison. Now programs are being put in place to promote education and integration and ensure that the language, art and cultural legacy of Australia's indigenous people are protected.
FIGHTING THE FAT: THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT TACKLES OBESITY - Obesity has long been a global problem. But the numbers of obese people are growing not only in industrialized countries but also many threshold nations as well. Around a third of Mexico's population is considered obese. The highest obesity rate appears to be among young people aged between 12 and 20. The consequences of obesity are starting to have a serious impact on the country's health spending. Now the Mexican government is hoping a major campaign will have a positive effect on people's eating habits. YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS: FELIX MARADIAGA FROM NICARAGUA - We go to Nicaragua this week in our series Young Global Leaders. Felix Maradiaga fled his native Nicaragua during the civil war. On his return he found his country in tatters. From early on, he's wanted to get involved in peace projects in his country. Since he graduated from Harvard University, Maradiaga has returned to Nicaragua to help in the struggle for democracy and the establishment of a civil society.
KQED World: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 7:30 AM
Environmental Crises in the Garden of Eden (Episode #505)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 7:30 AM
IRAQ: THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION - The West sees Iraq as a country in chaos, devastated by war. But there's another side to it. It's home to vast wetlands - believed to be the original Garden of Eden - drained and turned into desert by Saddam Hussein. Efforts to restore them began in 2003. But the wetlands are now once again threatened, this time by a major Turkish dam project on the upper reaches of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Locals fear for their livelihoods and environmental activists are concerned that a unique ecosystem will be irreversibly destroyed.
DC CLIMATE WARRIORS - In recent years, more than three dozen climate change pressure groups have been set up in the US. Their aim: To convince Americans that climate change is a fiction. But others in America warn of the pernicious influence of lobbyists on Congress. For climate activists, big polluters are shaping Washington's decisions.
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS: LATIN AMERICA: CHRISTINA K. LOPES - For decades, Latin America was plagued by dictatorships, poverty and violence. But things there have changed of late. DW has caught up with one of our six Young Global Leaders in Latin America. The leaders are those we think will shape the world of tomorrow - in the fields of business, politics, science and sports. Christina K. Lopes is from Brazil, a country whose booming economy has inspired all of Latin America. We talked to the investment fund manager about Brazil's economic prowess, leadership in Latin America and women's rights.
CLEANER VIETNAM: BIOGAS FROM CASSAVA - Vietnam is one of the 10 biggest producers of cassava in the world. Its manufacture involves generating large quantities of wastewater. The starch in the latter ferments and creates methane - a highly toxic climate killer. The Daklak Tapioca Factory in central Vietnam is now collecting the gas as an energy source and using it to operate the facility. The process helps reduce coal consumption, thereby cutting greenhouse gas emissions.