The Galapagos go green

The Galapagos Islands are made up of a series of archipelagos and islands and deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. Together, they boast a vast number of species, from plants to animals. But one in every five of the island's endemic plant species is under threat, as well as half of the endemic animal species - like the Galapagos penguin. The animal's source of food has vanished, thanks to climate change and warmer waters. Global Ideas joins researchers from the Charles Darwin Foundation as they work to protect native species from the effects of climate change. And the report isn't just about species conservation. Global Ideas also shows how renewable energies are cleaning up electricity generation. The island of Floreana is entirely powered by electricity generated from Jatropha seeds. And cultivating the plant has provided farmers with an important economic boost.



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The television reports and documentaries of Deutsche Welle's 'Global Ideas' media project provide people all over the world with information on model projects which implement biodiversity and climate protection. The media project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the International Climate Initiative.