堤防 提防

The Embankment

許立儀Liyi Hsu - 台灣西海岸保育聯盟理事長

位處母親之河出海口,西臨台灣海峽的小村落,世代以來居住於此的人們,就是靠海賴土生活,而堤防也就肩負著保護堤防內每一生命安全的角色。然而,自從二十年前,堤防外彼岸來了石化王國,建置成百的煙囪林後,無論堤防有多高、多堅固,也擋不住前所未有的自然人文改變,甚而居民的健康風險影響。

龐大石化產業取走了濁水溪上游絕大部分的水,下游弱水只剩一瓢入海。高牆長長,徒留遠眺對岸煙雲風華,風起滾滾沙塵是堤防也防不住的哀愁!

長堤是人與河海理解的開始,堤防內外的互動,牽絆工、農產業的興衰與消長。透過堤防的再利用,得以重省產業的角色,並開始綠能的契機。堤上之光與河海之風,交織成社區得以再生的能源,並實踐人與環境永續之途。

This small village is located along a river estuary facing the Taiwan Strait. For generations, people here have depended on the sea for their livelihood. This embankment was built to protect them. However, about 20 years ago, a petrochemical kingdom with numerous smokestacks was constructed on the far shore. No matter how high or how strong the embankment, it cannot block the changes in the environment and culture that have taken place or the health risks to the residents.

Embankments bring about interactions among people, rivers and ocean, often related to work, such as the rise and decline of the agriculture and industry. Through the reuse of the embankments, the role of industry can be examined, and the opportunity for green energy can be provided. The sunlight shining on the embankment and the wind from the river and ocean can be transformed into renewable energy to create a sustainable relationship between people and the environment.

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