One area with a history that I found interesting was Schokland. Schokland was a small island in the middle of the Zuiderzee who’s residents constantly struggled with flooding and poverty. For a while, residents were able to live on the island and survive through fishing. Eventually, fishing could not provide for the residents anymore and the government forced them to relocate to other cities. Schokland is an example of the importance of economy and work in sustainability, where economic issues played a huge role in the downfall of the area. Before Schokland was abandoned, there were attempts at creating an economy to bring residents out of poverty through weaving. The weaving halls were unable to compete with other traders and this idea eventually failed. Another large issue was constant flooding, which highlights the importance of resilient infrastructure that Schokland was unable to implement. On such a small island, there was not enough land for farms and agriculture, making any land lost to the sea even more devastating. Today, the area that was once Schokland is now a UNESCO world heritage site, which a good step for education. By preserving the land and history, Schokland serves as a reminder of the interaction between the environment and cities.


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