Guests of international renown and environmental excellence to be discovered. These are the strengths of the second edition of Earth Prize international, the international award for environmental education and the landscape that takes place in Luino (Va) on Lake Maggiore on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October.
Stefano Mancuso, plant neurobiologist and world-famous scientist, beloved for his Manifesto of the Nation of Plants, is present both on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13. In 2012 La Repubblica indicated him among the 20 Italians destined to change our lives and in 2013 the New Yorker has included him in the ranking of the “world changers”. The meeting in Luino is therefore a special occasion to dialogue with him in a context of great sharing.
Also present was the Indian teacher Kiran Bir Sethi, director of the Ahmedabad Riverside School, India, and founder of the Design for Change project, a campaign that encourages schoolchildren to change some aspects of life in their communities. The project involved over 32,000 schools in India and hundreds of thousands of children. Since 2010 it has reached 22 countries. Kiran Sethi is one of the 12 Thought Leaders of the World according to the Culture of Peace Forum in New York City in 2011.
For Earth Prize Landscape, Maddalena Gioia Gibelli stands out, architect of agricultural and urban landscapes, and of the waterway of Expo 2015.
At international level there is the Fridays for Future movement, which only peacefully invaded the streets of the world with the Global Climate Strike (150 countries involved and 116 cities in Italy) peacefully joining millions of people to the young activist Greta Thunberg present at the Climate Action Summit in New York.
Earth Prize is also the right occasion to meet two other groups that work every day for more sustainable lifestyles: the AECP (Alliance pour un Éducation à la Citoyenneté Planétaire) French-speaking network spread in Europe, Africa and Canada that accompanies young people in their ecological actions towards greater sustainability. And the foundation éducation21, national center of competence and performance for education for sustainable development in Switzerland.
And there are many Italian excellence present in Luino: ranging from the National Pile Coordination Center and accumulators, which with the project A pile at the Volta involved thousands of schools, at the CNR Water Research Institute of Pallanza, nominated for the Blue category Prize (special prize for those who have distinguished themselves in the water and environmental education sector).
As noted by the artistic director Luca Novelli, journalist and writer “even characters apparently far from environmental activism, as artists, singers, actors are involved in protecting the planet”. It is no longer a niche topic, as explained by Alessandra Miglio Councilor for the Environment of the Municipality of Luino “We experience climate change and we all suffer at local level and require us to behave immediately in a more sustainable way”.
The city of Luino welcomes the invitation to take action by warmly hosting the Earth Prize and making one of its jewels available, Palazzo Verbania, recently renovated, as the venue for the Award. Schools, associations and local institutions are involved in what – in addition to being an Award – is also a real Festival, with exhibitions, stands and in-depth moments.
“Earth Prize – adds Mario Salomone, general secretary of the WEEC (world environmental education congress) network organizer of the Award – is an observatory and an opportunity to assess how the perception of environmental problems evolves and at what point is the will to solve them”.
Climate change between art and cinema
Earth Prize is also an opportunity to visit the exhibition “Cinema ruined by climate change“, a series of posters of famous films reinterpreted in the light of global warming by famous Italian designers, presented at the last Venice Film Festival by the Green Drop Award.
The Conference on Communicating Environment and Landscape in light of the Climate Emergency in progress (Sunday, October 13, 9:30 am) is also valid for training credits at the Journalists’ Association (registration on the Sigef platform).