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2 weekly blog resisting the second law


November 2016

Lifestyle Titanic – hot potato on an iceberg


The fact is that we need to put the issue of lifestyle and consumption at the center of climate negotiations.

“Stop!“ It takes me a couple of seconds to realize that my computer has no voice command. “Stop.”, I say again this time simultaneous pressing the space bar. The video freezes. But now it is off course a bit too far from where I wanted it to stop. So I drag the video bar back with the mouse. The result is a still of Leonardo di Caprio frowning with the mouth open.

It is around this time in the documentary “Before the Flood”[1] that the whole essence of the failing climate talks condenses in a few sentences. Continue reading “Lifestyle Titanic – hot potato on an iceberg”


The story of a dam


That is the true smell of the Himalayas, and if once it creeps into the blood of a man, that man will at the last, forgetting all else, return to the hills to die’

In the 1960’s the Government of India initiated the process of resettling the inhabitants of Hardoon Valley, from Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, to Rajasthan. 1.500.000 people were displaced, mostly small farmers living off the land. The cause of this mass displacement was the Pong Dam, a multipurpose project built across the river Beas. At the time the tallest of its kind in India, the dam was part of an ambitious project to bring water for irrigation to dry, arid Rajasthan and generation of electricity. What followed was a decades long, messy process of compensation and resettlement that the ousted were entangled in. More than half a decade on, resettlement is still not complete, and there are families that are still fighting for the land that was promised to them in Rajasthan [1].

Continue reading “The story of a dam”

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