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Auch bei den Young Reporters wurde das Thema Wasser 2003 besonders häufig gewählt - zu sehr unterschiedlichen Facetten. Manche Beiträge der Jugendlichen sind überaschend „moralisierend“ und aus Herzenslust „Katastrophenpädagogisch“…

Haben sie das so oft gehört/gelesen? Oder wollen sie gerne einmal den Spieß umdrehen, weil sie finden, dass es 'wenn schon', dann doch eher ihnen zustünde, sich aufzuregen?

Der folgende Beitrag beschreibt eher „cool“ und trotzdem nahe gehend, wie Tourismus, Agrarindustrie und Wetter über viele Sommer die Lebensgewohnheiten in einem Tourismus-Ort und den Umgang mit Wasser beeinflusst haben und das sicher auch an vielen anderen mediteranen Orten tun.

O-Ton, der mehr unter die Haut geht als manches „Wasserspar-Flugblatt“ in unseren Ferien-Hotels!


„I still remember those evenings on my beautiful Barosa beach, when the sun was setting, foreigners had left and the sea was still. For me, it was and still is the best moment of the day on the beach. It is then when I most like to have a swim; the water is calm, you can swim as you please, and there is not a lot of people in the sea; this is the moment that you are at ease.

„Come on and gather things up, the water supply is going to be cut.“

But all of a sudden, and without wanting it, you heard the voice of your mother? Come on and gather things up, the water supply is going to be cut? As a consequence of the big problem we had with the lack of water we used to suffer, the City Council had taken measures to cut the supply of water to our houses. The most relaxing moment of the day on the beach had come to an end, and not only for me. I looked around me and the few people that were left on the beach, were gathering their things up, like me, to get home as soon as possible. In this way, the whole family would have enough time to have a shower and cook supper.

Taking the risk of running out of water and all soaped up …

If my memory doesn’t deceive me, this situation lasted at least three summers. But it seems that this situation did not bother people in Chiclana a lot, or maybe they do not remember that the water restrictions made them change their habits for months. This is now all but a memory, although I am sure that many of you would be able to tell a story about ingenious ways of keeping the liquid element, and the arguments at home about who would be the last to have a shower, taking the risk of running out of water and all soaped up … But now, fortunately, in the tap at home there is always running water available for us to use, and that is a privilege. But … there is one thing that I do not understand; as we have often studied, and we all know it, because of the geographical position of our region, the distribution of rainfall in the coastal mediteranean climate is iregular, with drought in summer and the maximum rainfall in autumn and spring. So, well, why do we use water as if we were able to enjoy it all year round?

Can we really blame the decrease of rainfall?

The growing domestic use, the second house, the increase in tourism and the large areas planted with plants that are not adapted to this climate had increased the demand for water. On the other hand, water had always been considered the best way to get rid of waste from agricultural activities, cattle farming and urban and industrial activities. In many cases, this had resulted in an important deterioration in the quality of water. In conclusion, less water and of poorer quality. Can we really blame the decrease of rainfall?

Written by:
IES Poeta García Gutiérez

Weitere interessante Beispiele zum Thema 'Wasser am Wort' finden sie unter:  River of Words
Zuletzt aktualisiert: 2012-06-14

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