When I see the news in TV it embarasses me that the true effects of climate change in my country are only seldomky to be seen. Weather reports indicate again nice and dry weather although the lands would just require 2 or 3 weeks of continuous rain. This effectively means that the drought which commenced in April 2018 continues in large areas of Germany. The featured photo above of a lake looks seemingly nice, but something is wrong because the reeds are not standing in water anymore as usual, instead you see a new created sandy beach due to missing rain.
Desertificating bank of Bernsteinsee / Amberlake near Prenden, Brandenburg
Now also ecological borderland – view on German Frankfurt/Oder from Polish Slubice
On the last photo you should see normally the river Oder being the borderline of Germany and Poland here. But instead we just observe a predominant huge sandbank which made the river simply vanishing to nearly nothing optically on this not modified picture. Well, the river is still there behind the sandbank but with much less water than normally. Now, I can imagine why deserts are growing worldwide.
All photos here just actual messengers of the ongoing climate change shot in Eastern-Germany, August 2019.
Architect Richard Schultze and the English engineer Henry Gill built the Friedrichshagener waterworks in 1893. It is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is an exciting testimony to Berlin’s industrial culture. Visitors to the museum will be amazed by its unusual buildings.
Six engine houses of red brick and their turrets are more reminiscent of a monastery than urban facilities. The museum itself is located in a disused part of the system, a former powerhouse amongst several sand filters, outbuildings and tenements.
Its centrepiece is the original machine shop with an accumulation of huge wheels, tubes, boilers and pressure gauges as to be seen on the above photos.
In the year 2019 the actual water supply situation is quite challenging after the heavy and extreme drought in Europe of 2018 which has continued over the winter till now. The ground water levels tend to be very low not only in Eastern-Germany but also in Western-Poland – the same applies for the usually big river Oder at the border of both countries The drought map of Germany hereunder with the many red and/or dark red areas shows very clearly the critical situation and dry path lying actually infront of us.
Drought monitor for Germany from end of June 2019 issued by Helmholtz Institute
Jo’s Monday walk : Simply Sáo Jorge
Sunshine all the time makes a desert. (Arabic proverb)
Since mid of April 2018 a real wave of heat has struck wide parts of Europe leading to a real drought. It is obvious that the climate change is something real happening just now and here, and landscapes may change then very quickly their general appearance without water and rain.
A meadow then turns out to be a steppe within some weeks, and the rapidness of such a development is quite astonishing.The legacies of the last Ice Age are still to be found everywhere in form of erratics, lakes or glacial valleys, but now other objects come into the common focus insistingly.
The photos here reflect some sandy descriptive impressions in this regard picked up during the last hot weeks revealing a dominant brown colour.
P.S. Text and all photos are from July 2018, nearly the same procedure happening just now in 2019.
Our world is becoming warmer and climate change poses great risk to natural and social systems. Both human and non-human species are vulnerable. Dealing with it as a technical problem that can be addressed through greater knowledge, know-how, innovation and expertise, has not led to the substantial changes needed to address this challenge.
Art and creative practices have the potential to challenge current thinking on climate change by presenting new ways of approaching complex problems. Artists are often at the forefront of innovation, addressing problems in novel ways free from disciplinary constraints. Art has the capacity to not only raise awareness but also use creativity in addressing complex issues, encouraging reflection and acting as a conduit for cultural renewal. …..
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