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Every year, the amount of food Italians throw into the garbage would be sufficient to feed three-fourths of the country’s population for an entire year. Launched by Last Minute Market and An- drea Segrè, and with the patronage of the European Parliament, the Un anno contro lo spreco project enquires into the reasons underlying a situation that involves everyone. This year, Il Libro nero sullo spreco in Italia is devoted to food; the report derived from the campaign analyzes the waste created by food production, documenting the environmental and social costs of an evident market failure. The objective is to demonstrate that through small changes in our daily habits we can consume less and with greater satisfaction.
Andrea Segrè is head of the Department of Agrarian Sciences, University of Bologna; he has held teaching positions in Europe and the United States. He created the Last Minute Market project which promotes the sustainable recycling of food products and other consumer goods. A prolific author, his most recent title is Lezioni di ecostile - Consumare, crescere, vivere (2010).
Bruno Boveri has been president of Slow Food Piemonte and Val- le d’Aosta since 2004 and member of the National secretariat since 2006.
Part science fiction, part thriller, the film that has been shown throughout Italy for the past 20 years is entitled Cementificazione and is about real estate speculation, interests and deteriorated landscapes. The players are bankers, real estate developers, politicians, excavation and cement companies; changes in plot and mysterious disappearances like that of green areas. Called to pay are today’s and tomorrow’s citizens. Luckily, our side come to the rescue, i.e., citizens’ initiatives fighting against environmental deterioration and often scoring a victory in the battle. Three years in production, this enquiry film recounts the looting of the Italian landscape, the reasons, the stakes and the figures behind it.
Luca Martinelli earned a degree in political sciences and eco- nomics; since 2006 he has been editor of the journal «Altrecono- mia - L’informazione per agire», issued by the publishing house through which he published L’acqua (non) è una merce and Imbrocchiamola! - Dalle minerali al rubinetto, piccola guida al con- sumo critico dell’acqua.
Giuseppe Salvaggiulo is a journalist for «La Stampa» and co- author of La colata - Il partito del cemento che sta cancellando l’Italia e il suo futuro.
When Pilli the bee, a symbol of happy degrowth, meets little Silvia, the bee takes her into an unknown world. Silvia will learn about alternatives to our growth- and consumeroriented life- style and she will even manage to persuade her reluctant father to help create a greener future. Through the use of themed ma- terial and illustrations from the story, the book provides an essential resource for teaching children the importance of changing our ways before it’s too late.
Maurizio Pallante is involved in energy policies and environmental technologies. He founded the Movement for Happy Degrowth and edits its publications. He writes for various print media and collaborates on the Caterpillar radio program. He is a member of the M’illumino di meno scientific committee and has authored numerous books.
Maurizio Cossa has worked as a criminal lawyer since 1983 and collaborates with numerous associations involved in the protection of minors and in human rights protection, such as Tampep, Circolo Maurice, Gruppo Abele, Giuristi democratici and l’Associazione studi giuridici sull’immigrazione.
How has cinema approached the theme of nature and the environment? And how has this relationship changed with the recent emergence of the environmentalist movement which has exploited cinema’s audiovisual capability to reach the general public about such compelling issues as global warming?
With the growing awareness that our world is at increased risk and that our lifestyles are impacting with ever greater devastation on the earth’s ecosystems, a new genre of the environmental film is garnering wider attention with works in which the distinction is blurring between fiction and documentary (once the traditional environmental film format).
The panel discussion will retrace the history of the relationship between cinema and the environment through the eyes of film critics and filmmakers and their works, from Flaherty’s documentaries filmed in the 1920s, to Avatar, from the evolution of the nature documentary to animated films on nature, to the relationship between cinema and ecology, and the most recent examples of disaster films.