A tutta acqua!

From "A tutta Acqua!" at the CSR exhibition at Bocconi University, an interview with the five students from the "Donatelli" secondary school, winners of the competition in conjunction with ERG's environmental education project

One day, "Ecoville" will be our home. And certain of this are the five girls from the "Donatelli" secondary school in Terni, who won the first edition of the competition in conjunction with "A tutta Acqua!", ERG's environmental education project for secondary schools in the provinces around the Terni Hydroelectric complex, which took over 600 girls and boys to visit Marmore Falls and the ERG hydroelectric power plant in Galleto.

Caterina, Gaia, Camilla, Agnese and Stella, now in their final year, and together with their teacher Stefania Arcari, are ERG's guests on 2 and 4 October at the CSR and Social Innovation Exhibition which, now in its fifth edition, sees the world of Italian corporate responsibility take over Bocconi university in Milan for two days.

A perfect opportunity for the girls, who won the 2016-17 edition of the competition with their design for a city that lives and moves in a fully sustainable way, to better understand what pathways can lead us to a genuinely eco-sustainable future.

We posed five questions to the girls from "Donatelli", so they could tell us what they think of sustainability and their relationship with the complex transition phase towards a one-hundred-percent sustainable future, in which the eco-sustainable city they have designed play a part.

What relationship do you have with "eco-sustainability"? What do you do in your everyday life to be "eco-sustainable"? How do you spread your "green" ideas to the people around you?

Caterina Castellani: In my daily life, I try to keep my relationship with sustainability constant. In fact, every day I recycle the rubbish, I always try to drink water from the tap or from glass bottles instead of plastic ones. Plus I almost always travel by bike or on foot, otherwise I take public transport. And I try to teach the people around me the basics of an eco-sustainable lifestyle.

Imagine yourself in 10 years: what will your "eco-sustainable" life be like?

Gaia Luchetti: In 10 years I see myself in another kind of city, living in another kind of house: insulated and perfectly independent in terms of energy, like the ones in Iceland. The roof will have solar panels and a tank for harvesting rainwater. The energy generated will be used for heating and for air conditioning in summer. Then I'll buy an electric car (hoping prices fall…), rechargeable if possible with the energy I generate myself. Plus I will recycle all my organic waste, and make organic fertiliser using a compost bin for my vegetable garden. I will try to use less soap, and what I use will be bio-degradable.

What is the most important innovation you have envisaged for "Ecoville"?

Camilla Candelori: We think the transport system we conceived is the best part of the project; plus it is the most feasible part and if ever used, would result in a considerable improvement in the weather and climate of our planet.

What did you like best about your participation in "A tutta Acqua!"? How did the experience enrich your knowledge about energy from renewable sources and generally about the climate?

Agnese Martinelli: As regards our participation in "A tutta Acqua!", we liked being in a group the most. Thanks to this experience, we got to know one another better and we forged very strong bonds. Then in creating the project, we enriched our cultural knowledge-base as regards scientific and sustainable innovations. Marmore Falls and the Galleto electrical power plant.

How did it feel to familiarise with these two things, so close and important to the history of your city? What would you say about the importance of renewable energy in envisaging a greener future for the life of your city?

Stella Muti: Thanks to our experience at Marmore Falls and at the Galleto power plant, we learned about the importance of these resources, just a few kilometres from our city. In fact, the power plant, which works by way of the waterfall, is an important resource for Italian hydroelectric production, even if it is often undervalued by the local people. We think that using renewable energy can help make the future greener and more sustainable, combating the problems of pollution and climate change. And that is why we, the people of Terni, should make the most of the natural resources we have at our own doorstep, like the waterfall, to guarantee a future for our city. 

27 Marzo 2017 - Parte "A tutta acqua!"

27 Marzo 2017 - Parte
È partita lo scorso 27 marzo e si è conclusa con la prima settimana di maggio la prima edizione del nostro nuovo progetto di educazione ambientale "A tutta Acqua!" dedicato agli studenti degli istituti superiori dei territori di Umbria e Lazio dove siamo presenti con i nostri impianti idroelettrici.

L'iniziativa è nata per sensibilizzare studenti e insegnanti sul ruolo attivo che le giovani generazioni possono svolgere per la salvaguardia dell'ambiente e lo sviluppo della cultura della sostenibilità e si affianca a "Vai col Vento!", il progetto di educazione ambientale che da quattro anni proponiamo alle scuole dei paesi su cui territori operano i nostri impianti eolici in Italia.
"A tutta Acqua", da marzo a maggio, ha coinvolto 661 studenti di 11 istituti superiori di Umbria e Lazio. Prima dell'avvio dell'iniziativa gli insegnanti delle scuole coinvolte sono stati impegnati in un workshop nel quale abbiamo illustrato loro filosofia e obiettivi dell'iniziativa.

Il programma di "A tutta Acqua!" ha previsto una lezione presso l'info point della Cascata delle Marmore, durante la quale si è parlato di energie rinnovabili, in particolare di quella idroelettrica, di sostenibilità ambientale e di efficienza energetica.
A seguire, la visita all'area protetta della Cascata, condotta da esperti naturalisti e successivamente quella alla Centrale di Galleto, dove i ragazzi, guidati da tecnici ERG, hanno potuto osservare da vicino un impianto idroelettrico in funzione.

Al progetto è legato un concorso, sempre rivolto agli studenti che partecipano all'iniziativa, chiamati a rappresentare in modo creativo il tema dell'energia rinnovabile attraverso foto, video, disegni, cartelloni, modellini e articoli.
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