Design in a Global Context
One of the biggest challenges we face in creating resilience to climate change is how we respond to the variations in climate that are part of the change.
Salvadoran farmers are loosing crops because their traditional drying methods don’t work when the rains continue into what should be the dry season. Spanish communities are effected by increasing dry and hot summers increasing wild fires and in the UK we are wondering if the Gulf Stream will shut down, causing our climate to become more like Norway’s or if we will be growing olives in the North.
In trying to prepare for the future we need to share information quickly and effectively between climatic zones. We already have many of the designs needed to face the new local challenges, they are just often held by people in other climatic zones.
This space is to support the exchange of designs and ideas and a little bit about when they are useful.
For example – the Salvadorian farmers have found Eastern European style grain dryers have increased their ability to save and store maize, even when the rains keep falling after the crops are ready for harvest.