West Terschelling

Become a salt loving species

Can we, like plants, adapt to a saline landscape? What would this ‘salt-loving human’ look like?

A saline climate is a realistic situation for the Netherlands. As human beings we adapt the landscape to our wishes and needs, without moving with the developments of our natural environment. Along the coast we find many salt-loving plant species (halophytes) that have adapted evolutionarily to survive in extreme conditions. What can we as humans learn from plants that have been adaptive to a changing environment over the centuries?

In the test zone SWEET – SWEAT, de Onkruidenier experiences nine days of living with the sea. The zone between the tides is their new habitat.