"The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist hopes that he turns, the realist straightens the sail." (S.W.Ward)
Two billion cups of coffee for the humanity every day. With pleasure I am one of them. The Avontuur sails across the Atlantic to promote social change and environmental sustainability in the shipping industry. We sail clean and emission-free trade routes with a load capacity of up to 114 tons. After 37 days we reached Tenerife, the first stopover under sail. Today is February the 27th 2020. After 4 days, we will leave, reach out for the sea again. The start of the Atlantic crossing is imminent.
The idea of “Mission Zero” has been floating in the minds of all 15 people on board since the beginning of the expedition. How do we consume correctly? Which trade routes are viable in the future? What price do we pay for our consumption? Other people do not drink coffee, but still survive and seem to be happy and healthy. What is the price behind our coffee? What does quality mean?
Der Weltmarktpreis liegt bei ca. 1,06 $ pro Pfund Rohkaffee, angemessen wäre minimal das Zweieinhalbfache. Noch werden die Produzent*innen ausgebeutet, im Preis gedrückt (Filmtipp „Billiger Kaffee“ – YouTube). Das Ergebnis ist die Zerstörung unserer Umwelt, unserer Lebensgrundlage.
The world market price is around $ 1.06 per pound of green coffee, a minimum of two and a half times would be appropriate. The producers are still being exploited and pushed down in price (film tip "Cheap Coffee" - YouTube). The result is the destruction of our environment, our livelihood. Do we extend our elbows so far that all following generations must suffer from our enjoyment? Global trade is currently operated with over 90 percent via container shipping. Floating toxic waste giants (heavy oil-fueled freighters) pass our sailing ship loaded with thousands of containers every day. They are probably loaded with toys, clothing, everyday objects, welded or sprayed products from overseas. Even with fine products such as cocoa and coffee beans.
The shipping industry still has a long way to go to bring about urgently needed changes towards environmentally conscious action. The IMO (International Maritime Organization, measures taken by the International Maritime Organization to reduce marine pollution) has been in force since 1 January 2020. This was introduced in 2004, adopted by Resulotion in 2008 and, after 15 years, has finally taken a small step in the right direction. A tough, long process. From now on, fuels with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5 percent may be used in industrial shipping. Previously, the upper sulfur limit was 3.5 percent. This salary is still a hundred times higher than the current value for our truck and car operation. With the implementation of the IMO, the ecological footprint is only slightly improved and is a short-term solution. Because there is still no end in sight, according to the IMO, CO2 emissions in the shipping industry will increase by 50% to 250% by 2050. We are now at a crossroads. We can and must react faster, more consciously and more realistically to our growing hunger for consumption.
A song by my children comes to mind: “Plants die, people die, animals also die. The life we live is just a little touch. We don't just want to be lazy and sit in the corner. We want to go out, sweat and protect our environment, ”wrote the students of the Saaleschule. Our children want active action for the better.
Are we ready to abandon old habits and new ways to evaluate new opportunities?
Livable conditions for everyone? Our minds can and must focus on the preservation, protection and reconstruction of our environment, with all of its living beings. New professional perspectives would have a positive connotation, the result would be a sustainable society. Distribution is not just a question of trade routes, it is about the existence of everyone. How big can the wish be? For a clean future, a dignified approach to all creatures on earth.
A balancing act towards consciousness that we can bring about if we want to. For a balanced existence it is important to rediscover the appreciation of our resources, oceans, forces of nature, flora and fauna.
What is the beginning? One option is the coffee bean, as a luxury item. We started, the path leads us to the path of “Mission Zero”.
I look ahead confidently. I continue my journey on the deep blue waters of this earth under our nightly sky tent with shooting stars.
A challenge with a role model that is still budding. Sailing cargo using the example of our Voyage 5, a project that is in the process of further development and is based on the support of a consciously operating society (trading partners and consumers).
But I am traveling with the Timbercoast, the "Avontuur" (in english adventure), the only sailing freighter in Germany. We are not afraid of a challenge for a clean environment, a viable future.
The cargo is coffee, cocoa and rum from organic origin, with personal trade relationships and fair prices for the producers. In six months I'll drink and enjoy the sailed coffee with Jens Klein (Café Chavalo, 10 tons of coffee). Back on land again.Café Chavalo, 10 Tonnen Kaffee) selbst wieder an Land Kaffee trinken und genießen darf.
Back to the helm, "Peggy, all hands on deck, the wind has turned, realign the sails".