Help us to produce our documentary "Upstream"!
Climate change will cause major problems in the world and the regions along the Rhine are no exception. The river will experience an increase in the amount of water it has to deal with. Therefore, adaptations are necessary, but what is the best way to do this? In the downstream regions of the Rhine, floods virtually never take place . That is good news of course, but this has the consequence that people don’t really feel the necessity for these measurements. How do you make sure that there is sufficient public support? How can you ensure the locals are content with your project?
In this documentary, we will look at different adaptations to climate change along the Rhine. How do governments tackle the local problems? How do projects gain the support of the locals? And why do some succeed and others don’t? What is the difference between the projects and the public support in Switzerland, where natural hazards are much more common, and those in Germany and the Netherlands? These are the questions we try to answer in our film.
What is the goal of the documentary?
The goal of our film is to start a discussion about this subject. We hope that our viewers start to think about the process of developing which proceeds such a landscape measure. A measure that protects us all, but does not seem to have much immediate advantages for the people concerned. In addition to that, we hope that people learn more about the adaptations in the field of water management around them.
Who are we?
We are Stan Schouten and Joren Janzing. We bothe are students in Earth Sciences at Utrecht University. As a project for Honours Geosciences, we produce this documentary about adaptations to climate change along the banks of Rhine. We work with a team consisting of three other students who all have experience with making films and are supported by the media company ScienceMedia.nl.
We are almost finished with the filming in the Netherlands, which did not cost a lot. However, we would really like to add projects from other regions along the Rhine. In Switzerland, we want to film the measurements against flash floods and other problems typical for upstream regions, whereas we want to investigate the measurements against high water levels and extreme weather events in Germany. To be able to do this, we need financial support to pay for our travel expenses.
In addition to this, we want to use part of the yield to have the opportunity to use better equipment, to make sure our film is of a sufficient level to be shown at bigger film festivals, such as InScience, IDFA and NFF. We already contacted these festivals. This way, we can reach more people with our film!
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