Phil going for Sabotage in Dave.
Plato's Insel on the Atlantis rock in Höllental, Rax-Schneeberg, high above the Schwarza flow.
Two people traversing the Cosmiques ridge when a chough dives by.
It's that time of the year: workers hike up with heaps of work ahead. Tools: scaffolding and stairs. Deadline: before the snow melts and the tourists burst out of the mountain train to see the leftover Mer de Glace glacier. Soon, from that station, the tourists will take a high-tech 1960's lift down to the level of the 1960's. Then will start a winding descend on improvised stairs, dramatically expanded by the workers each year in order to reach the disappearing ice.
In 1825 the glacier ice was 360m thick here. In 1995 it was 245m. When I pass the plate of 2018 (sometimes I still think it's 2018 now) I still have quite a drop beneath me. Eventually I reach the current 2021 glacier: 90m thick.
There's something metaphorical to the speed of this retreat. More in the article right below..
Climate disruption, biodiversity loss.. Most of the people are too occupied with making ends meet, looking for escapism on barren (sub)urban lands. Meanwhile our means of survival are sold out by greasy people looking to multiply their Ferraris. Collective action required, not lifestylish protests, but true actively society-participating change.