Hunger, war, climate crisis – and what helps now

This spring, around 300 million people worldwide were acutely threatened by starvation. That’s twice as many people as three years ago. The number of hungry people is rising again after decades of falling. But the steadily worsening climate crisis together with the corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine have meanwhile significantly worsened the food situation for almost a billion people worldwide.

However, our diet is not only threatened by climate change, it is also one of the most important tools in the fight against the climate crisis. Why and how, that says Martin Frickhead of the Berlin office of the World Food Programme, in the podcast.

A year ago it did World Food Program the UN sourced almost 900,000 tons of wheat from Ukraine to help people in other regions of the world who are threatened by hunger. Now Ukraine itself is dependent on WFP food supplies. Frick also says how the situation in the country is now and what the consequences are for other crisis areas.

The good news is that even small, unspectacular measures can make a big difference in agriculture and get the effects of the climate crisis under control. And the way we eat here in Germany can also make a real difference. (Even without all of us having to go vegan right away.)

Suzanne Ehlerding from the tage mirror Background energy and climate also explains how useful the demand of Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is to no longer use foods such as corn, rapeseed or wheat for biofuels due to the global food shortage. Caspar Schwietering from the Tagesspiegel Background Traffic and Smart Mobility explains why the railway is climate-friendly, but still too little is invested.

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You can also listen to other episodes of the indicator directly here:

episode 39 with Felix Gruber from the German Federal Foundation for the Environment

episode 38 with Sara Schurmann, author and climate journalist

episode 37 with Frank Wetzel, traffic expert at the Federal Environment Agency

episode 36 with Fred Hattermann from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

episode 35 with Felix Creutzig, physicist and lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

episode 34 with Kai Niebert, DNR President and sustainability researcher

episode 33 with Simone Peter, President of the Federal Association of Renewable Energies

episode 32 with energy economist Andreas Loechel

episode 31 with ocean explorer Felix Mark

episode 30 with energy expert Stefan Ramesohl

episode 29 with France’s most famous climate activist Camille Etienne

episode 28 with social scientist and IPCC lead author Oliver Geden

episode 27 with author Toralf Staud and social psychologist Pia Lamberty

episode 26 with the “wise man” Veronika Grimm

episode 25 with climate physicist Wolfgang Lucht

episode 24 with BUND traffic expert Jens Hilgenberg

episode 23 with government adviser Kira Vinke

episode 22 with the biologist Harald Uphoff

episode 21 with civil engineer Lamia Messari-Becker

episode 20 with WWF climate chief Viviane Raddatz

episode 19 with energy economist Andreas Loechel

episode 18 with energy researcher Volker Quaschning

episode 17 with GermanZero Managing Director Julian Zuber

episode 16 with China researcher Nis Grünberg

episode 15 with Pauline Brünger, speaker of Fridays for Future

episode 14 with environmental doctor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann and author Katja Trippel

episode 13 with Mareike Menneckemeyer from the Climate Citizens’ Council

episode 12 with polar researcher Markus Rex

episode 11 with energy expert Patrick Graichen

episode 10 with the forest expert Ulrich Schraml

episode 9 with meteorologist and climate researcher Mojib Latif

All indicator episodes can be found here.

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