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July 5, 2014

Talking About Climate Change On A Snowy Morning…

Filed under: The Hague: Gemeentemuseum — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m back to sorting out a few photographic archive files. Several years ago Himself and I visited the Gemeentemuseum Museon Den Haag (The Hague City Council Museum Museon) because they were setting up a ten year project to document climate change around the world.

Three countries with very different landscapes and abilities to combat the changes were chosen to be part of this long term study.

Chosen were The Netherlands because of it’s low laying situation in Europe (and of course the country Dutch children can easily identify with), Kenya in East Africa because rainfall or lack of it and changes in the weather have a direct effect on a largely agricultural economy and the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, which landmass consists entirely of atolls, the highest point of which are only a few metres above sea level. A Dutch friend of ours was contacted by the Gemeentemuseum because of his former work in Kiribati and he in turn contacted Himself and I because he knew that Himself and I were due to have visitors from England, one of which was a Kiribati national, and thought it would help the Gemeentemuseum Museon (pronounced “geh ment teh museum” “muse e on”) to actually meet our friend from this tiny island group, to ask questions and gain some specialist knowledge of customs before their party of three staff went there to make short documentary clips on climate change.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

So on a snowy February weekend several years ago, Himself and I went to the Gemeentemuseum to arrange this meeting.

Outside the museum some early bird skaters tried out the ice in the courtyard of the museum, inside a lunch had been laid on for the group attending the meetings, typically Dutch: sandwiches with cheese and/or ham and cheese.

So on a snowy February weekend several years ago, Himself and I were invited to the Gemeentemuseum to arrange this meeting.

It was a beautiful cold and crisp winter’s day, we arrived early and found a few early bird skaters trying out the ice in the museum courtyard.

There are fruit and drinks as well and we manage to make some good appointments and contacts during the meeting and find out a lot about the planned project. The three staff who will fly to Kiribati will come to our home for dinner whilst our guests are visiting and together they can talk about the protocols, customs and information they need to know to make their trip as easy and culturally acceptable as possible. With the meeting we came for concluded, Himself and I are now free to investigate some of the (then) current exhibitions of the Museon.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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