When it comes to changing the world, designers are more important than scientists. This, at least, is the opinion of Babette Porcelijn, a designer and environmental expert. In her view, designers are better equipped than other professionals to offer solutions to crucial matters such as pollution, climate change and resource depletion. She specializes in what she calls “hidden impact”, in how our everyday actions affect the environment, not only locally, through the consumption of fuels, but globally, through, for example, the transportation of goods. Her book De verborgen impact, aimed at a non-specialist readership and in which she proposes simple solutions for the future, has been very successful in the Netherlands, the author’s native country, and other European countries. It will shortly be published in Spain.
Porcelijn will talk to the Germany-based Asturian journalist, Begoña Quesada, author of books such as Alemania, el país imprescindible and Nacidos después de muertos.