What was your first impression of Iran? Could you tell us about the first time you went there?
was in September 2018 the first time in Iran and I had already heard a
lot of positive things about the people. From Turkey I entered Iran by
land. Directly at the border I met a nice family and drove with the
family to the next city and was invited for dinner and there I noticed:
the people are really incredibly hospitable. It was the beginning of
many great encounters in Iran.
What about Lake Urmia (or what's left of it) - how did you encounter it and what are your first memories of the place?
I found the lake through research. It was my bachelor project and I
wanted to do something about an environmental disaster. And was
surprised about the dimensions of the disaster at Lake Urmia. Above all I
was surprised that I didn't know anything about it here in Germany yet.
But in my opinion it should concerns us all, not only the people in
Iran. When I saw the desert for the first time I realized: this will be
my new project.
How has the change in the Lake Urmia changed the lives of the people who live around it?
drought is making it increasingly difficult for the population to grow
vegetables. The salt winds make it difficult, and the groundwater is
also becoming salty. Furthermore, there is less and less tourism.
Thousands of young people in particular are moving away to the nearest
big cities. Many dreams of Europe or the USA.
does the story of Lake Urmia concern us all? (I wonder if the movement
of people you mention is something we need to consider in the future)
in the West are mainly responsible for why the climate crisis exists.
We consume far too much energy and live on a finite planet as if it were
infinite. This cannot continue, the effects are already being felt.
Lake Urmia in Iran is one example. We can't pretend now that we don't
care about all this.