The industrial landscape of Po Valley is known for many cases of soil and water pollution. As one of the four megalopolis in Europe, the area is one of the most important and rich industrial region of Europe.
The projects tells of a journey into the contaminated landscape from Turin to Venice, crossing the entire Po’ Valley region from East to West. Behind the apparent monotony of this flat landscape, which has hosted a bulimic industrial development since the 1960s, are hidden many tragic stories of environmental pollution. After decades of illegal waste trafficking and unstoppable industrial pollution, northern Italy, famous for its dedication towards work and great productivity, is beginning to realize the environmental and health impact of this disastrous season. The tangible consequences of illegal landfills, abandoned industrial sites begin to emerge, although they are still largely invisible.
In times of environmental upheavals, convince ourselves that the problem does not directly concern us is a dangerous mechanism. The creation of historical memory is the first step towards the creation of a broader environmental awareness that starts from local events to arrive at major issues such as microplastics, global warming due to polluting emissions and the role of waste in the future of the world and humanity. Why buy organic or short supply chain food if these originate from polluted territories? What relationship stands between the critical conditions of a specific environment and the increasing diseases that affect that population? What is the actual responsibility of the individual citizen in building a world where the waste will shape the landscape? Disseminating news, data, maps, images; sharing existing sources and regional statistics; everything serves the purpose of stimulating an awakening of the affected communities.
“La terra di Sotto” is a book, published by Penisola Edizioni in 2020.
The book is available (in italian language) from the website www.laterradisotto.it