For centuries, the Dutch has been taming nature – fending off ongoing waves of water threats posed by its low sea level. For the past couple of decades, it’s been exporting its variety of water-treatment expertise, and the construction of dams and dykes technologies abroad.
The idea of “climate proofing” our living environment is not a difficult concept to embrace. Yet it shows how far we had come since our ancestors roamed the earth, leaving behind hostile environments and settling in more benevolent spaces. Instead, our more recent ancestors have increasingly decided to stay and fight – to acclimatize themselves to averse surroundings, and in the process of doing so, butt heads with nature more frequently.
Is there a limit to what technology and human ingenuity can accomplish? As the effects of climate change lead to more extreme weather patterns, how far will we go to defend our ways of living on those increasingly inhospitable lands?