Geislerspitzen and the story of the tail of the dragon

Plea for open space

As a landscape photographer, it is painful to see that many landscapes are being sacrificed for the needs of our growing economy. More and more, logistic distribution centers, with their box constructions that all look alike, are being build the last decades. Also offices, flats, houses, suburbs are reducing the open space to a minimum. Meanwhile, we are loosing original untouched landscapes. 

Mostly, it are board members who decide on redeveloping open space in landscapes or exploiting earth. With a business or personal interest in mind, decisions are being made, often not with a purpose to protect pristine landscapes. So, where are the "open space landscape" board members? Do they exist? Are they aligned? Do they have a powerful position? What is needed to increase their influence?

Imagine what would happen if open spaces in landscapes across Europe, for example the village on this page, San Pietro, would become part of a build-up urban ski resort landscape? The photo's of open spaces in the galleryvisualize my story to leave open space unbuild, untouched. I want to emphasize that we are loosing territory, open territory. In my opinion, the value of open spaces in Europe should be reexamined. At all times, open spaces in landscapes are like an isle, not only a shelter for social distancing during a Corona epidemic, but also a shelter from the internet, a shelter to withdraw from every day to day routines, a place to enjoy or to feel reconnected to nature and the territory of our roots. In the village of San Pietro / St. Peter, in Süd-Tirol, Italy, via a local referendum the inhabitants had to choose in the 1990's, to exploit the valley as a ski resort or keep it as-is. The decision was not unanimous and divided families and close friends of this village in pro and con groups, until today. The open spaces remained. 
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