When I decided to write my PhD thesis on the history of the nuclear Rhine in the summer of 2018, the front pages of the newspapers were dominated by news of the record summer and that several nuclear power plants on the Rhine had to be shut down.
It has become quite a cliché to observe that rivers are important to the wellbeing of human societies around the world, but what exactly is this importance?
A colleague of mine was surprised when I informed him that I do not know any songs about rivers in Ghana. I could not recall any songs about rivers. It came as a shock to him.