Nowadays few still refuse to accept the reality of climate change and its consequences. Understanding the full extent to which it is caused solely by humankind’s polluting activities, however, is more complicated.
Yet while we reflect on that issue, the climate continues to change rapidly and the devastating effects of this include periods of drought that are lasting longer and longer. In the Sahara desert there is a Neolithic cave engraving that, viewed nowadays, appears to have been prophetic: “The crying cow” is located in Tassili n’Ajjer, the vast highland plateau in southeast Algeria. In this depiction a tear appears to be falling from the face of one of the cows engraved into the rock, a tear that many interpret as a cry for a doomed future. According to local tradition, when the herd went to drink at their usual waterhole they found it dry because of drought: the cows therefore began to cry desperately, fully aware of their imminent demise. Seven thousand years ago that rock artist managed to express all the tragedy of the scene, while also summarising in an image the transformation of an area once rich in water and vegetation into what is now the Sahara desert.
Could same destiny now await the entire planet?
This project is a collection of images by various photographers, bearing witness to the effects of droughts all over the world. The project also illustrates some potential solutions for effective water resource management.