Swiss Alpine Museum | H2O FTW!
The Alpine Museum in Bern, Switzerland always has the most interesting and informative exhibitions. And again - They didn’t disappoint!
They currently show six possible models of our future related to the precious and refreshing source we know as water. Let me give you an idea: It's 2051. The summers are dry, the winters wet yet snowless, the mountains crumble under their own weight due to the lack of permafrost. Every inhabitant of every city wears a chip which tracks how much H2O they consume. Every bite of chocolate, every sip of coffee and every shower are saved and made available to the public. Scary? Heck yes! Possible? Sorry to say so but - heck yes!
This is only one of the six scenarios of what our future might look like.
The exhibit is based on thorough research and a creative and relatable realization. Scientific facts are paired with fictional stories of people living through those times. What might first seem as incomprehensible and distant becomes reality uncomfortably quickly.
As soon as the water meter at the front door runs out, the doors open and you are let into a room filled with voices chanting, whispering, singing, speaking all kinds of proverbs, songs and religious lines related to water. The next room is where the tour of the six scenarios starts. The look is industrial yet unique - with videos, a lot of headphones (I don’t think I have ever seen as many headphones in a single exhibition), and icebergs built from chipboards. Engaging, informative, scientific with a good dose of creativity and understandability. That’s how I like my exhibitions. It is still on view until September - make sure you check it out!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SAVE OUR WATER?
There are easy ways to try and save up some water. Not every tip might suit every lifestyle, but here is what I do or at least attempt to stick to.
Be like Macklemore - go thrifting.
Most of my clothes I find at secondhand shops. Unique, cheap and personal.
Be sure to steer away from polyester, etc. - with every wash small particles get into the water and can’t be filtered due to their size. Stick to cotton, linen, silk, etc. They also look and feel much nicer.
Other things to thrift for: electronics, gear of any kind, and even food.
Get your nutrients mostly through vegetables and fruits from local, eco-friendly producers.
This is what I struggle the most with - meat is everywhere and it’s delicious. Buying tomatoes in winter? Just as tempting. I try to do my best and even if I slip up - just get back on track. If everybody did that, we’d all be a happy family.
Get your bike on.
If you live in a city, chances are your bike will get you anywhere within a reasonable timeframe. Or if available: Why not take the train to commute? Or to go on holidays?
If all else fails, try to think like this:
We are not actually destroying the environment. We are destroying the habitat we are able to live in. Nature will recover and create new, beautiful forms fitting the unsuitable (for us and other current life forms) climate we created; like it has done so many times before. But I highly doubt our species will be part of that plan. Dinosaurs are cool and stuff but I wouldn’t want to share the same fate (i.e. dying out).