Italy to lead the way on climate change education, making classes compulsory for schoolchildren

Italy is to become the first country to make climate change and sustainability lessons compulsory for schoolchildren. Beginning in September 2020, all students will receive 33 hours a year of lessons on climate change and environmental sustainability, which is about one hour per school week. In an announcement made earlier this week, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti said: “The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate … Continue reading Italy to lead the way on climate change education, making classes compulsory for schoolchildren

Varese Ligure: A small rural town in Italy ahead of the sustainability game with renewable energy and organic farming

Varese Ligure, a small medieval town located in the Liguria region of Italy, is known to its inhabitants as the “circular village”. The unique circular layout of the town – hence the name Borgo Rotondo –  with its round central piazza and small castle is also home to picturesque medieval houses with charming pastel facades. But the accolades do not stop there, for this rural … Continue reading Varese Ligure: A small rural town in Italy ahead of the sustainability game with renewable energy and organic farming

Mother Nature Reclaims: Il Vallone dei Mulini, Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento is a gorgeous coastal town in the south-west of Italy, synonymous with citrus groves, dramatic cliffs and deep valleys. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento also serves as a gateway to the historical ruins of Pompeii in one direction and the stunning Amalfi Coast towards the west. It is also where you’ll find another historical, albeit lesser known site, known as Il Vallone dei … Continue reading Mother Nature Reclaims: Il Vallone dei Mulini, Sorrento, Italy

Mural by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Turin raises awareness of Sustainable Energy — Inspiring City

A mural created to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable energy has been created in Turin. From Barcelona based Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. It is a piece which, according to the artist, “alludes to the importance of acting now to assure a positive outcome.” Called ‘Promise’ it features the image of a young girl. She is… via Mural by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Turin raises awareness of Sustainable … Continue reading Mural by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Turin raises awareness of Sustainable Energy — Inspiring City

Civiltà Contadina: Preserving Italy’s food heritage through promoting traditional farming and heritage crops

Italian cuisine is appreciated the world over, so with an aim to preserve the country’s rich food heritage, Civiltà Contadina is on a mission to revive traditional ways of farming in Italy and to save heritage crops and species, once the mainstay crops in rural Italy. Founded in 1996, the non-profit organisation was created to counter the loss of traditional fruit and vegetables which have … Continue reading Civiltà Contadina: Preserving Italy’s food heritage through promoting traditional farming and heritage crops

Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

A Southern Italy-based bookseller is encouraging children to read while doing something for the environment by offering free books to those who bring him one plastic bottle and one aluminum can to recycle. Michele Gentile, who founded the Ex Libris Cafe bookshop in Polla, a small town near Salerno, told CNN his goal is to spread passion for books and a love for reading among those … Continue reading Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

BACK Label: Made in Italy “wellness wear” championing eco-friendly milk protein fabric

Italian fashion label BACK Label is taking clothing back to its origins – 100% naturally sourced textiles sewn by tailors in Italy – while experimenting with next generation fabrics including milk protein textile. The brand creates luxury “wellness wear” – think functional basics such as kaftans, scoop back dresses, ribbed pullovers for women, and shorts, drawstring pants and hoodies for men – under the categories of lounge … Continue reading BACK Label: Made in Italy “wellness wear” championing eco-friendly milk protein fabric

Young people helping to revive Italy’s economy by embracing agriculture and the countryside

Young people in Italy are embracing nature and helping their birth country’s economy by setting up business in the countryside. In the last two years, the number of young graduates, some of whom are originally from cities, who are starting up their businesses in the countryside has increased by 35%. Many of these young people in Italy are driven by a deep appreciation of Italy’s … Continue reading Young people helping to revive Italy’s economy by embracing agriculture and the countryside

The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

Tarot decks come in all shapes, sizes, and artistic interpretations. Traditionally a deck of cards, one such artist took the art of tarot a step towards new heights by creating the Tarot Garden – featuring huge, colourful steel sculptures representing the major arcana. French artist Niki de Saint de Phalle realised her passion for the tarot by creating beautiful sculptures depicting the 22 Major Arcana of the … Continue reading The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

Vendemmia: Residents of Italy’s Cinque Terre fighting to preserve the national park’s future

The Cinque Terre is one of the most popular attractions in Italy, alongside the likes of Venice and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cinque Terre is a national park in the region of Liguria in Italy, consisting of five little villages called Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastal villages are often adorned in picture postcards of pastel-coloured painted houses that sit high … Continue reading Vendemmia: Residents of Italy’s Cinque Terre fighting to preserve the national park’s future