Water is Life!

5. December, 2023 6:00 p.m
Königlicher Pferdestall, Hannover

Water is life! The vital importance of water for people, animals and plants is well known. In connection with climate change and the associated summer droughts, the problem of water scarcity is increasingly in discussion. Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water (Sustainable Development Goal 6) will therefore be a major global challenge in the future. Floods caused by extreme weather events resulting from climate change can endanger drinking water hygiene in affected regions. Clean water will therefore become even more important in the future.

Against this background and from a geographical didactic perspective, it is necessary to contribute to raising awareness for change towards sustainable development. Musical approaches can contribute to this in a special way (Meyer 2016). This event builds on the “Work that reconnects” group process by systems scientist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. The four phases identified therein are gratitude, compassion for suffering, seeing things with new eyes, moving on/acting on and are linked to topics in geography lessons that are related to water, commented on didactically and made musically and visually tangible.

Musicians from the NDR Radiophilharmonie present selected pieces for the lecture. Photography on the subject of water by Corinna Leonbacher will also be shown.

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