Dirk Steffens

Science Journalist, Moderator, Nature Filmmaker / Terra X, ZDF

Dirk Steffens, born on 05.12.1967, completed his traineeship at the Cologne School of Journalism and studied politics and history. Afterward, he was a politics and news editor at Deutschlandfunk in Cologne. He then worked for various public and private radio and television stations as a presenter, author, and documentary filmmaker, with a focus on nature and science documentaries. He traveled to more than 120 countries.

Since 2008 he has been a presenter for science documentaries and reports at ZDF – Programs: "Terra X", "Fascination Earth", "Project Chicken Yard", "The Super Animals", "The Power of the Elements" and others

Dirk Steffens is also a volunteer for the WWF, the Jane Goodall Institute, Animals Asia and is an ambassador for the "Blue Angel". Since June 2015 Steffens has also been a member of the board of trustees of the Senckenberg Society for Natural Research.
In December 2017, Dirk Steffens and his wife initiated the BIODIVERSITY FOUNDATION, which has set itself the task of providing information about the causes and dangers of the global extinction of species and aims to initiate public discussion and set in motion the political processes that are necessary to preserve the number of species on our planet.

Dirk Steffens has received the following awards for his work: The Golden Camera, Walter Scheel Prize, Silver Compass, Herbert Quandt Media Prize and the Görlitz Meridian Nature Film Prize.

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Granting Nature Legal Rights: a path towards a balance between people and the natural world?

Fritz Habekuß, Editor at ZEIT, Author I Dirk Steffens (Terra X), Host, Science Journalist, Nature Filmmaker

What if we invite the river to take a seat in the courtroom?
The impact and the price that nature, and ultimately we humans, pay as a result of excessive exploitation and ruthless economic interests is becoming increasingly clear. More and more court rulings and laws around the world are granting rights to nature in order to protect and preserve it. A case study from the South down the Mississippi River [...]