Sustainability and a flower

Sustainability and a flower in All you need is a flower -100 hours for the environment. In more than 100 hours of events we have tried to answer and ask questions about a sustainable world.

Sustainability, a term that embraces concepts that are difficult to summarize if not by using the 17 goals of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. Even keeping the Agenda as a “compass” it is still difficult to give the full meaning of the five days of speeches held last June. In order to make your reading easier we have decided to give the structure of Air, Land and Water to Quaderno 11. We really hope that you can enjoy the complexity of what has been discussed.


Sustainability and a flower

Three articles dealing with the air element. The destructive air of the Vaia storm – by Thierry Robert Luciani -, the extremely polluted air of fine dust – by Salvatore Patti – and finally the “in the air” cultivation of vertical farms (greenhouses) – by Sergio Martin.


Sustainability and a flower

Land, the largest section of articles. Six pieces that intersect visions, sensitivities and different but complementary approaches to each other. The section starts with a piece dealing with nutrition, intensive farming and the musical evenings related with ” All you need is a flower” – by Stefano Pesce.

We then move on to two more pieces that focus on the area of Mestre – Venezia and Marghera. They will lead us to “visit” businesses and the sustainability of production processes – by Gabriella Chiellino – and on how to reach the sustainability of a community and a territory – by Gruppo di lavoro Piave .

The last three articles will focus on different projects. The first one on how to “clean the world” – by Ermes Tuon, the second on how to develop sustainable tourism by using digital tools – by Antonella Grana– and finally how to re-use the Veneto area which is deeply affected by overbuilding – by Federico Della Puppa.


Sustainability and a flower

Water, the third and last section with three articles. The Venice lagoon and the types of fish living (and used to live) there. The effects of climate change can be seen on the fish population – by Riccardo Fiorin. We then go back to Mestre with the dream / need for a green area: the Marzenego park – by Carla Dalla Costa. And finally a piece that tells ua a story of art coming from rivers and the sea – by Barbara Cremaschi

Sustainability and a flower. Can a flower be enough? Can anything be done? This was the very first question. Yes even if “it’s already late”. Some people still deny the existance of a problem. They do not want to see the problem / problems caused by human activities

Yet we can all do something big or small based on our sensitivity and ability. The point is: do we want to make a change? …

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100 hours for Environment

100 hours for Environment, the event that took place from 5 to 9 June, whose full title was “All you need is a flower – 100 hours for environment” “Ci vuole un fiore – 100 ore per l’ambiente”. The entire event, 5 days, was included in ASVIS Festival Program, the annual Sustainable Development Festival the greatest event in Italy dedicated to the 2030 Agenda

The flower is a symbol of changing perspective, as in our cover photo

The small, delicate blue flowers are in front of a devastated area in Italy. We will not show the devastation, we will not specify the place, what is enough to know is that “ All you need a flower”

100 hours for environment

We have collected most of the speeches of the 5 days event, which took place at Negozio Piave 67 , in a short video, just a few minutes. In a couple of months we will have a publication. What is  important, and that has emerged with the power of the speeches, are the results of climate change. For the environment but above all for humanity “we are running out of time”. “We must change our way of thinking” and consequently the way we act

But … can a flower be enough to start over? No, it is not enough. Not at all, it is in any case hope from which to start again. Hope that needs to be supported with concrete actions, as we have clearly understood in June.

Happy watching and keep in touch. Don’t miss our publication  – in a couple of months – with the collection of the speeches.


The butterfly effect from Italy to Costa Rica

The Butterfly effect, when small actions can contribute generating great changes

In a tiny little village (no it is not the village of An early Christmas Carol), up on the green hills in Friuli Venezia Giulia, there were (and still there are) many – but really many ,many, butterflies.

You can see butterflies everywhere, on the wall of the houses, in the streets and in their own house. The butterfly house is so big, three big apartments with trees, plants, water (it is a bit humid in there) and butterflies flying everywhere or resting on some flowers. Before arriving in their apartments the butterflies travelled for a long time, they crossed the Ocean but they were babies and they can’t remember their long journey. They know only the tiny little village on the green hills and they are happy like that.

The butterfly effect

It was too obvious to describe the three greenhouses and the butterflies and I have chosen to begin with a short story to tell the real beautiful story of “La Casa delle Farfalle” in Bordano.

The House of Butterflies” was established in 2003, it is an eco-museum and is the largest in Italy. The three greenhouses host three different eco systems the African jungle, the Asian and Australian rainforests, and the Amazon. The most peculiar aspect I have discovered when visiting “la Casa” is the project “The Bosque Nuevo”.  Bosque Nuevo is a butterfly farm located in Costa Rica. Their project is innovative: by selling “baby butterflies” (pupae) they aim to buy cultivated land and to re-convert it into native forest.

The butterfly effect

The butterfly farms have created an alternative economy, replacing when possible cattle-breeding or  cultivation that are among the causes of forest destruction.

The little town of Bordano

The little town of Bordano has its own story and it connects past events and this  new approach to economy. Bordano was affected by an earthquake in 1976. It was almost completely rebuilt by 1983, now there are around 700 people living there. Butterflies are an important presence thanks to a very special microclimate

In 1996 the Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia started a project, which included street art for the  artistic-cultural and naturalistic enhancement of the place. And… its focus was… guess what… butterflies!

It really seems that the Butterfly Effect has come true. The flapping of the wings of a butterfly has generated very large effects from one side of the ocean to the other

English version already published in Local Guides Connect

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