The first edition of Earthprize international, a prize for environmental education and landscape, was successfully completed. Thirteen events took place in two days, on 23 and 24 June, with international guests, conferences, guided tours and explorations. And Saturday night the award ceremony in the Teatro di Luino, on Lake Maggiore, in front of an attentive and numerous audience.
Earthprize, at its first edition, was organized by Weecnetwork and City of Luino with the contribution of the Community Foundation of Varesotto, the support of Hupac as main sponsor, of Editoriale Scienza and Carrefour, the patronages of Lombardy Region, Italian Touring Club, Slow Food, Mountain Community of the Verbano Alps and Italian Federation of Environmental Media.
“The main purpose of the event – explained the artistic director, journalist and writer Luca Novelli – is to reward those who work every day for the benefit of the environment and the landscape, those who work for the environment and sustainability using communication , art, architecture ». With this in mind, the Earthprize International Award was awarded to the Young Reporters for Environment network of young communicators, based in Copenhagen, which brings together 310,000 young people in 34 countries. Gosia Luszczek, director of Young Reporters for Environmental International, was accompanied by Adriana Hencekova, a young Slovakian reporter.
Many of the award-winners of the Earthprize Media category are dear to the Italian public, such as the Radio transmission group of Caterpillar by Radio Due that in Italy has involved millions of families with the initiative “Mi illumino di meno”, a great character of publishing as Francesca Marzotto Caotorta (winner for EarthPrize Lanscape), who has transformed the art of gardening into an involving action to enhance the landscape, creating the magazine Gardenia and the Orticola event in Milan, one of the most important in Italy in its sector. And again Silver, the artist and creator of the character of Lupo Alberto, who has lent his famous blue wolf to several environmental education campaigns.
Among the winners, during the evening conducted by the artistic director of the festival Luca Novelli and Mario Salomone, general secretary of Weec Network, also the conductors of Linea Verde, Rai Uno’s historic television program that accompanied the evolution and enhancement of the Italian landscape , and those of Il Giardino di Albert broadcast on the Swiss Radio Television that has monitored the glaciers of the Alps. We remain in the Alps with the award given to Magdalena and Reinhold Messner for their museum tour consisting of six medium and high-altitude museums calls for the Alpine environment to be used in a respectful manner (Earthprize International categories). We move along a waterway, instead, with the prize assigned to the cultural trekking Ascona – Venice, a Swiss initiative that allows you to travel from the canton of Ticino to the Adriatic using various boats and anticipating what will become a tourist practice of European importance .
«I look forward to a new generation of young people able to communicate, to describe the present with a lively memory of the past and with a curious and attentive look to the future», commented in a message sent to the Award the Italian environmentalist and politician Giorgio Nebbia. In fact, many young people are present among the winners, like the schools of the Green School project, based on saving resources (water, electricity, waste) and the boys of the Institute Carlo Volonté of Luino who have created an app to support the project sustainable mobility Equostop, which allows residents of the municipalities of Lake Maggiore and the Community of the Verbano Alps to obtain safe driving by car between one country and another. In an area where public transport is scarce, Equostop’s 2.0 autostop also serves to promote social relations between people.
Special prizes have been awarded by Varese News to those who took care of cleaning up a street from waste, dedicating much of their time and creating a virtuous example and from the Park of Flowers to the Volunteers of the forest fire fighting group.
The Award has been transformed into a small Festival thanks to the participation and animation of the many associations and local realities that have contributed to enrich the program with walks (CAI) guided tours (FAI). Local associations and student groups have also presented their activities in the exhibition area set up in the center of the lagoon, from the discovery of moufflons at the gates of the village (Yorci) to collections of wild plants (Barone di Nassa) to creative recycling (Re Mida ) just to name a few. Even the conferences in the Municipal Library have touched on various environmental issues thanks to the participation of Isde-Doctors for the environment, Slow Food, and many others.
“The City of Luino – concluded the commissioner environment Alessandra Miglio – has responded well to the event and lends itself well to this kind of meetings, thanks to a natural environment rich in environmental beauty and cared for, such as the Lungolago» .
On the website and on the Facebook page: videos and interviews made during the Earthprize that already looks at the 2019 edition.