These Photos Show How The Dutch Are Building A Barricade Against Climate Change

By Teake Zuidema

The inhabitants of the Netherlands have been fighting floods for thousands of years. Eight-hundred years ago, they began to create local councils called “waterschappen” that were tasked with preventing floods. The rich provided the money and the poor provided their labor to build and maintain levees.
Those councils still exist today, and they have a new challenge: confronting sea level rise.

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