Climate change

Cli­ma­te chan­ge is curr­ent­ly the most dis­cus­sed topic in socie­ty and is beco­ming incre­asing­ly important for most peo­p­le. How explo­si­ve the cli­ma­te cri­sis real­ly is, is also made clear in count­less press and media reports. We have loo­ked at various fac­tors that play a role in the cli­ma­te cri­sis. In the fol­lo­wing, we would like to take a clo­ser look at them and high­light the actions that are neces­sa­ry to achie­ve grea­ter sus­taina­bi­li­ty and envi­ron­men­tal friendliness.

Poli­tics is cer­tain­ly one of the key play­ers when it comes to cli­ma­te, and so far, it has not been pos­si­ble to imple­ment any tar­ge­ted pre­ven­ti­on mea­su­res. Cities in par­ti­cu­lar will be forced to adapt their poli­ci­es and life­styl­es in the future, as experts esti­ma­te that tem­pe­ra­tures will rise by an avera­ge of 4 degrees in sum­mer and 5 degrees in win­ter by 2050. For almost 80 per­cent of the 520 lar­gest cities world­wi­de, this means an extre­me cli­ma­te chan­ge and a dra­stic chan­ge in life­style for their inha­bi­tants. Initi­al ide­as for coun­ter­me­a­su­res are alre­a­dy available: bicy­cle-fri­end­ly cities, the switch to elec­tric buses or „urban and ver­ti­cal far­ming“ for urban food sup­p­ly and gree­ning of hou­ses. Espe­ci­al­ly by pro­mo­ting agri­cul­tu­re in the cities, it is cer­tain­ly pos­si­ble to crea­te a bet­ter cli­ma­te and more biodiversity.

Young peo­p­le in par­ti­cu­lar are com­mit­ted to cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion in order to help shape their own future. With her „Fri­days for future“ demons­tra­ti­ons, Gre­ta Thun­berg has set a ball rol­ling that is inspi­ring many to rethink. Sin­ce then, count­less dis­cus­sions and new ide­as have emer­ged on how to pro­tect the earth in the future. Many peo­p­le would like to make their own per­so­nal con­tri­bu­ti­on to cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion by doing so by living wit­hout pla­s­tic or through sus­tainable nut­ri­ti­on. Becau­se one thing is cer­tain: ever­yo­ne can con­tri­bu­te to our com­mon suc­cess through their own actions!

The first thing that often comes to mind when thin­king about the cli­ma­te cri­sis is lar­ge SUVs and air­planes, which emit lar­ge amounts of CO2, or the incre­asing amount of pack­a­ging was­te, most­ly pla­s­tic. Howe­ver, this is only a rela­tively small part of the over­all pic­tu­re. Espe­ci­al­ly the food indus­try, which incre­asing­ly cau­ses emis­si­ons of green­house gases through mass pro­duc­tion, plays a decisi­ve role. In par­ti­cu­lar, the increased con­sump­ti­on of meat, which is respon­si­ble for almost 70% of direct green­house gas emis­si­ons in addi­ti­on to the enorm­ous con­sump­ti­on of land and resour­ces, must be view­ed cri­ti­cal­ly. Rethin­king should also take place on the sub­ject of nut­ri­ti­on and meat should be con­su­med much more con­scious­ly – espe­ci­al­ly in high qua­li­ty and with a safe origin!

Anyone in Germany who eats healthier food is actively engaged in climate protection.

Source: WWF

What many peo­p­le do not know: A healt­hi­er diet with more fish ins­tead of meat has a posi­ti­ve effect on resour­ce and cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion. In gene­ral, fish pro­duc­tion requi­res less land, less water and less feed com­pared to all other ani­mal pro­te­in sources. Howe­ver, the­re are also signi­fi­cant dif­fe­ren­ces in the envi­ron­men­tal balan­ce of dif­fe­rent pro­duc­tion methods: 

In order to tre­at the oce­ans with care and at the same time ensu­re sus­tainable pro­duc­tion, fish are ide­al­ly bred in a clo­sed aquacul­tu­re faci­li­ty. Sin­ce we also want to make our con­tri­bu­ti­on to cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion, we have deve­lo­ped a sys­tem that lea­ves the smal­lest pos­si­ble eco­lo­gi­cal foot­print. In the con­s­truc­tion of the SEAWATER Cube, we reu­se dis­card­ed ship­ping con­tai­ners in order to reu­se alre­a­dy exis­ting resour­ces (second life cycle). In addi­ti­on, our ful­ly deve­lo­ped plant tech­no­lo­gy recy­cles 99% of the pro­cess water, so that less than 1% of the water needs to be repla­ced every day. Thus, the Cube always offers the ani­mals an opti­mal habi­tat with clear, clean water and at the same time avo­id the typi­cal con­ta­mi­na­ti­on of coas­tal are­as by e.g. food resi­dues or excre­ments of the fish.

If you take a look at the cor­po­ra­te world, it beco­mes clear that in addi­ti­on to a few lar­ge cor­po­ra­ti­ons and many medi­um-sized com­pa­nies, start-ups in par­ti­cu­lar are working flat out on inno­va­ti­ve and sus­tainable solu­ti­ons to pro­tect natu­ral resour­ces. Espe­ci­al­ly in the rapidly gro­wing online and mail order busi­ness, the rethin­king of com­pa­nies is noti­ceable. Many stores are pay­ing more atten­ti­on to redu­cing the amount of pla­s­tic used in pack­a­ging and to cli­ma­te-neu­tral ship­ping. This is also an exci­ting and chal­len­ging topic for us in the con­text of fish mar­ke­ting. We are curr­ent­ly buil­ding up various dis­tri­bu­ti­on chan­nels. On the one hand, the fish will soon be available for purcha­se at our out­let sales. For this pur­po­se, we are using sus­tainable paper bags and bees­wax paper. On the other hand, we are plan­ning an online store whe­re con­su­mers can order regio­nal­ly pro­du­ced fish. We are inves­ti­ga­ting envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly insu­la­ti­on for the packa­ges, e.g. made of straw. It is very important to us to make the trans­port of the fish to the end con­su­mer as short and cli­ma­te fri­end­ly as possible.

Final­ly, our con­clu­si­on on cli­ma­te chan­ge is that ever­yo­ne can make a con­tri­bu­ti­on to a gree­ner future, becau­se if we all take small steps, we can make a big dif­fe­rence in the world together.


Süd­deut­sche Zeitung


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