Guests and winners of the second edition of the international prize for environmental education and the Earth Prize landscape, organized in Luino, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, by the WEEC Network, came from four countries in the world (India, France, Switzerland and Italy). (World Environmental Education Congress) and from the City of Luino on 12 and 13 October.
And it went to Stefano Mancuso for the Earth Prize 2019, for the Italy / Education category
environmental. The scientist, much loved for his Manifesto of the Nation of Plants, a professor at the University of Florence, has taught at Japanese, Swedish and French universities and is a full academic at the Georgofili Academy. He is the author of hundreds of publications in international journals.
For the EarthPrize / international category, both the Indian Kiran Bir Sethi, founder of the Design for Change project, a method based on emotions, empathy and well-being, were awarded for teaching young people more sustainable lifestyles and trusting their abilities in a collaborative context, both the Fridays for Future, the movement inspired by the young activist Greta Thunberg who brought millions of people to the streets for the Global Climate Strike. To have shown that it does not matter where you live, how old you are or how much power you have, but that everyone counts and everyone can and must do his or her part to take action, we read in the motivation.
Another international award went to the AECP (Alliance pour un Éducation à la Citoyenneté Planétaire) francophone network spread in Europe, Africa and Canada that accompanies young people in their ecological actions towards greater sustainability, while the Swiss foundation éducation21, has obtained a mention for his work in sustainable development education in Switzerland.
For Italy, the Earth Prize / Landscape Prize was awarded to Maddalena Gioia Gibelli, architect-architect of agricultural and urban landscapes and of the waterway of Expo 2015. Still among the Italians, the National Pile and Accumulator Coordination Center obtained the Earth Prize Award 2019 / Sustainability with the project Una pila alla Volta which involved thousands of schools and the CNR Water Research Institute of Pallanza won the new Blue Prize Award 2019 for meritorious projects in the field of environmental education linked to water.
This year the city of Luino welcomed the Earth Prize, making one of his own available
jewels, Palazzo Verbania, recently renovated, as the venue for the Award. Schools, associations and local institutions have been involved in that “which – explains artistic director Luca Novelli – in addition to being an Award is also a real Festival, with exhibitions, stands and moments of study”.
“Earth Prize – explains 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”.