From Cell Phones to Books. By Abdallah Abu Hamad. In German
This Mini-Feature is about a new campaign called “cell phones to books,” organized by the environmental organization BUND in Bonn. They collect old cell phones, in cooperation with the German Environmental Aid Association (DUH) and T-Mobile. Then they send them to a recycling company. By doing this they get money with which they buy books on environment and climate change issues and donate them to the city of Bonn library and sponsor other Nature protection projects organised by the German Environmental Aid (DUH).
When the Rhein Floods. By Zemen Al-Bedry. In German
Ebbinghof – The first bioenergy village in North Rine-Westphalia. By Lina Hartwieg. In German
The world’s thirst for energy is rising but the fossil energy sources are running dry. The time has come to rethink. Ebbinghof by Schmallenberg, a small village in the Hochsauerland, already did rethink the energy issue and implemented an energy concept for the future. Since 2009 the village supplies itself 100 percent with heat energy and power. Instead of oil, gas and nuclear power they use renewable energy resources, from the region: Sun, wind and dung. Every little bit counts and above all it saves energy.
Lina Hartwieg visited the committed villager.
No Meat, No Eggs No CO2. Marija Ignjatovic investigates how Veagans are helping the environment. In German
Delicious Sun. Donata Ritter learns how to cook using solar energy. In German
Glass Recycling, More Than a Sharp Process. by Rodrigo Rodembusch. Auf Englisch
In Germany, recycling belongs to everyday life. And when the topic is used glass bottles, the country presents positive numbers: more than 80% of what is discarded becomes new bottles. But how far a bottle needs to go to return to the store shelves? Rodrigo Rodembusch followed the entire recycling-chain in Bonn and shows what is behind a simple bottle rejection.
Bats and Climate Change. Not an issue out of the comic books. By Madalena Sampaio. Auf English
Bonn may not be Germany’s capital anymore, but it’s certainly the capital of bats: 17 from the 24 species in the country live in this city. The flying mammals belong to the most endangered groups of animals in the country. However, thanks to local efforts, there is a positive ttrend in Europe: bat populations are recovering and some species thought to be extinct are even coming back. But, along with this good news there are also new challenges and conservation efforts cannot be reduced. Especially, when new theories suggest that pesticides and climate change are destroying huge populations of bats.
Trash Today, Air Tomorrow. By Mantegaftot Sileshi. Auf Englisch
Bonn is one of the cities where tons of waste products are produced every day. Every morning the city’s waste management collects almost seven hundred tons of waste. Unless all this garbage is collected properly, the damage caused to the environment is incalculable. However Bonn’s landfill, located on the outskirt of the city, in Bornheim is already full. So, where is the final resting place for this garbage? Mantegaftot Sileshi goes for the search of where our waste ends up.