1.3 Interview with Martin Keller, Indian Summer 2018.
Here is the short version of my interview with
Martin Keller. He works as a consultant with a main focus on UN's Sustainable Development Goals (the SDG's) for the Municipality of Copenhagen.
Armina Dinescu, our VJ, and I have chosen to only bring the short versions of the interviews for now, as I am planning on gathering the long versions in a book complete with worksheets.
Instead I've chosen to have the short version of Steen Hildebrandt on the same page as Martin Keller as he's the one giving the relay, Yasmina, on to Martin Keller.
My third interview, in the first thread of the relay, on We Turn 2030 was with Martin Keller. I was sent on to him by Steen Hildebrandt who initially received Yasmina from Katherine Richardson.
Martin Keller has a life long liaison with nature. In the interview he talks about how he as a small child in Copenhagen was interested in nature, the city and the environment. Before he became a consultant at The Municipality of Copenhagen, he worked for 17 years producing shows focusing on educating kids about nature. He is known from among others the tv series Naturpatruljen (the Nature Patrol) and Martin og Ketil - verden for begyndere (Martin and Ketil - the World for beginners).
He has also been an ambassador for Unicef where he visited some of the poorest families around the World. These visits really opened his eyes to how sustainable very poor people live their lives. He stated that the families he met are very helpful towards each other and that they are highly sustainable because they can't afford not to be. He visited families in the jungles of Laos and Bolivia and he was also in Zambia, Ghana and Uganda. He lived with these families and for him, it put the way we consume in our societies in to perspective.
In the interview with Martin you'll see pictures from Copenhagen Bug Fest and also some footage from Verdenstimen (The World Hour) at the Townhall in Copenhagen. Both events happened in 2018. But don't fret, because here's a link to Jorden Kalder (The Earth is Calling). Events in 2019 arranged by the Sustainability Science Centre and The Natural History Museum in Copenhagen.
Below are 3 recommendations from Martin on what you can do as an individual to become more sustainable in your thoughts and actions. Here they are and if you like - please sustain-apply them!
1) Monitor your THOUGHTS!
Question: If you were to give only one advice that I could go out and start doing today or that our viewers would be able to do today in order to live a more sustainable life, what would that be?
In short he said:
Firstly, it’s to think differently. It’s actually not necessarily action, but it’s also to start putting an effort into thinking about why we should do what we do. To understand, to receive knowledge about what state our world is in, what the predictions are for climate changes in the future, the development of democracies, human rights, food production, you start to think about why we should change our ways.
2) Listen to the scientists
In short he said:
So receive the recommendations from the scientist that are saying that they are in the midst of finding a wide variety of solutions. Therefore, take a hold of the solutions and use them, when we have a possibility to use them."
3) Leave the beef alone - try eating an insect!
In short he said:
A perfect example is, that if a kilogram of beef is produced, then between 19.000 and 20.000 liters of clean drinking water is used in order for a cow to produce one kilogram of beef. When you farm insects they get fluid from what they eat. So no drinking water is used in the process. Also they don’t fart or burp, so they don’t affect the climate like cows do. And millions can be gathered in a very scarce amount of space. And they can eat our organic waste so a circular production is created. Organic waste, insects, protein.
Finally) Who did Martin Keller give the relay to?
The relay (the stuffed polar bear, Yasmina) goes to – Maria Vang Johansen!
Interview by Celeste Elizabeth Arnold and film, sound and editing by Armina Dinescu.