Why I made this film

I have been working in the field of nature conservation and environmental protection for more than two decades, being particularly concerned with rivers. In those years, I have always been advocating for climate conservation and I am continuing to do so today. Climate change is a daunting global problem. The internationally recognised necessity for climate protection is a success which can be largely accredited to the civil society and those people, who have been advocating for it over many years.

However, in the last few years I couldn’t help but notice, that climate conservation is increasingly being abused. It is misused as a disguise in order to actualise projects, which would otherwise be difficult to get the legal approval. Climate conservation, used as a deception tactic.

All of a sudden and with impunity, rivers are being destroyed, rain forests are cut down, and cultural landscapes are turned into monocultures, but all of this is no longer condemned as environmental crime, but rather celebrated as green investment and applied climate protection.

Today, climate conservation is verbally omnipresent – in advertising, in commerce, and in politics. However, only lip service is being paid. Not only are climate goals missed on a regular basis, indeed, this faulty form of climate protection has even been accelerating the destruction of our last nature reserves. False labelling with devastating consequences.

Climate Crimes is supposed to be a wake-up call; it is meant to upset and to encourage people to have a closer look. Climate conservation is indispensable, but only that kind of protection that actually mitigates climate change instead of accelerating the destruction of nature. Climate protection by means of the destruction of nature is not climate protection, but an environmental crime.