Bangladesh is often called “ground zero for climate change”. Flood after flood, the intensifying storms destroy livelihoods and contribute to a salt concentration of more than 2% – a figure beyond which it is almost impossible to grow the usual species. This saltwater incursion leaves millions with little to drink or eat. It also jeopardizes the region’s rice culture and forces farmers to turn to shrimp farming, which is done by flooding fields with salt water. This process increases the salt concentration of the soil and contributes largely to the food insecurity of the people concerned because the shrimp they produce is simply too expensive for their own consumption.
WDO reached out to Guillemette de Brabant, a student at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in France who has been working on the Coconut Alternative, a design solution to soil salinization for agriculture. She presented her project at an exhibition entitled “Matter Matters, Matières à penser/panser” towards a material ecology-driven design, in parallel with the Triennale in Milan in March 2019 at the French Institute.