A journey into the world of our great-grandchildren | DW Documentary

What will the world look like in 2060? What role will climate change or the growing world population play? [Online until: July 7, 2019, Part 2 online: June 8, 2019]

How does the drive for prosperity fit together with finite resources? John Webster writes a letter to his unborn great-granddaughter in film.

“What will the world look like when my great-granddaughter is born?” Filmmaker John Webster has thought about this. He has named her Dorit, and she’ll probably live in the 2060s. He imagines her wearing little yellow rubber boots as she wanders along a shoreline that has by then completely changed out of all recognition. The film is a plea for a more responsible approach to nature for future generations.

What kind of world will Dorit experience? What effect will climate change have had? John Webster takes the viewer on a both emotional and physical journey, from Finland through Russia to the Siberian coal mines, then on to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific and through the USA to New York. The world doesn’t actually offer Dorit much hope. By 2050, more than 2.5 billion more people will join the 6.6 billion people alive today: that will mean more than nine billion people are feeding off the land and releasing even more exhaust gases into the atmosphere. A growing percentage of humanity is pursuing prosperity without regard to natural limits. Every year we produce many billions of tons of CO2 and face a rapid succession of storms, droughts and floods,. Climate researchers warn that mankind must drastically reduce its CO2 emissions by 2050, otherwise the planet will no longer be able to support its inhabitants and will gradually shut down everything we base our lives on.

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