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Michel Riehl



In other words, “mountains of ice”. Symbolic image of global warming, so topical, which is why I absolutely wanted to go to Greenland to see the calving in Disko Bay, located on the west coast of a gigantic island. It is covered in large part by the ice accumulated over the past centuries, which is what makes this spectacle (still) possible, almost indescribable with words. I wondered how to describe to a blind person a scene that invades our senses with the beauty of the place. In what appears to be the chaos of pristine nature, sounds and ice, icebergs breaking loose and moving slowly following the currents and winds in sublime balance and harmony. Of an infinite light, of an immensity without horizon, I remain dazzled. Faced with elements that are so large that it is very difficult to give a scale, gigantic, with countless shapes and shades of blues and whites. I had never felt this breath of life with so much energy. Like a caress full of sweetness and freshness that seizes you and makes the body but also the spirit shiver, it should be part of a therapy for the well-being of all.

But there is a downside to this magnificent picture, according to the inhabitants of Ilulissat, climate change has been very visible for the past fifteen years. The melting is accelerating and can be seen, especially in winter or the thickness of the ice that connects the islands is too thin to allow crossing with dog sleds, and too thick to use boats.

Michel Riehl

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