the man who wanted to change the world (60 MINS, netherlands/kenya/uk 2016)
Can someone, an individual, in this day and age change the world? Artist and inventor Peter Westerveld had no doubt in his mind that he could. Not only that, he said it was easy. The words of a madman or a genius? The man who wanted to change the world follows him on his mission to make the world cooler and climate-proof.
In the film he is working on 'the hydrologic corridor'. This is a project measuring 20,000km2 of desertified land in Kenya, forming one hydrologic system. Here he will apply his contour-trenching techniques in a network of strategic project locations. The goal is to stop erosion, once again enable subsurface storage of water, kick start large-scale reforestation and to restore the water cycle in these project locations. This, he says, will result in atmospheric cooling, a more evenly distributed precipitation and rehabilitation of the ecosystem. With the hydrologic corridor he wants to show the world that the climate can be managed.