The climate and environment festival called Motumundi takes place annually in Tuscany and has its beating heart in Cavriglia

This is an event that is divided into debates, conferences, workshops and laboratories in compliance with the provisions on the prevention of contagion from Covid-19, as well as those relating to the risk of spread. The events are both in participatory form open to the public and with remote participation via on-line platforms.

The panels, which are in Italian and English, discuss climate&environment, climate&education, climate&science, climate&politics, climate&business, climate&migration, climate&technologies, climate&food, climate&fauna and climate&work.

A change to be debated in a natural stage unique in Italy, a territory of over 3,000 hectares for many years involved in the mining of lignite, a Tuscan green handkerchief from the Valdarno which today, in part, has been returned to the community, while on another part is underway one of the largest environmental redevelopment projects on a national level.

Target

The aim of the festival is to turn the spotlight on the need for a cultural change in the environmental field, an environment that must be safeguarded, among other things, with proper energy production and a policy that has sustainability as a priority.

Sustainability

The key word of the festival is sustainability, a sustainability that is expressed through decarbonisation, renewable energy, wind, photovoltaic, electric mobility, separate waste collection and energy saving.

Pillars

Climate change, environmental education, research against pollution, the eco-sustainable development of society, the 17 UN sustainable development goals and plastic free are the pillars of the festival in which, in addition to representatives of the international scientific community, the students of different levels and levels who are the real protagonists of Motumundi.

Topic

The key word of the festival is  sustainability , a sustainability that is expressed through decarbonisation, renewable energy, wind, photovoltaic, electric mobility, separate waste collection and energy saving.

WATER

  • Sea electricity source for sustainable development
  • Microplastics in the sea, marine protection and the impact of the 5 + 5 dialogue
  • Blue Growth new paradigm of maritime trade
  • Drought and competition for water resources
  • Decrease of water reserves and increase in population at risk of conflicts

AGRICULTURE

  • Impact and role of GMOs and pesticides in sustainable agricultural production
  • Animal waste management and air pollution
  • Agricultural production prospects in greenhouses compared to intensive production
  • Climate change and influence on wine production
  • Eco-friendly wine tourism
  • Strategies and perspectives of green wine producers

NUTRITION

  • FAO’s commitment to food adaptation around the world
  • The disappearance of species and the affirmation of new, more sustainable diets
  • Eating habits of the 21st century compared with established traditions
  • Artificial meat and insects: super food revolution

CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Hydrogeological risk and fragility of the territory
  • Disruption of natural habitats and impact on inhabited centers
  • Waves of migration
  • Movements from developing countries to the West
  • Food and water scarcity causes social instability
  • Modern socio-health emergencies
  • Climate pollution and the spread of diseases
  • Increase of disease spread vectors
  • Human / animal contact: increased exchange of pathological agents

INTEGRATED WASTE CYCLE

  • Urban Mining, the recovery of materials from landfills
  • Towards a Zero waste life: a new paradigm of life
  • Culture to combat eco-mafia
  • The role of bioplastics in sustainable development
  • How to reduce the contribution of climate-altering emissions in the various waste treatment and disposal processes
  • Recycling grappling with the second law of thermodynamics
  • Prevention and reduction policies at source: eco-incentives or carbon / plastic tax?

TRADE / FINANCE

  • Eco-sustainable products: consumer sensitivity
  • Accessibility to “Bio” products and pre-eminence on the agri-food market
  • Strategic advantage of green energy companies
  • Change in crops and recent world agricultural structures
  • Role of UNEP in the guide to the adoption of new crops

DEFORESTATION

  • Consequences of the expansion of intensive farming
  • Instability of the hilly and mountainous slopes
  • Threat to Minorities: Latin America as Case Studies
  • Rehabilitation and protection of forest areas
  • Loss of the Amazon: the new American savannah

DESERT

  • Technologies for socio-economic growth in barren lands
  • Morocco, model for the Maghreb exploitation of solar energy
  • Advancement of desertification and fertilization of deserts
  • Energy exploitation of the desert and relocation of populations
  • Water technologies for sustainable development in arid areas

DIGITIZATION

  • Environmental revolution and smartworking
  • Fourth industrial revolution and reduction of emissions
  • The sustainability of the web: half dematerialization?

POWER

  • Energy transaction
  • Downsizing of the role of biofuels
  • Renewables between wind, photovoltaic and electric mobility
  • Renewable technologies: increase and innovation of jobs
  • Italian strategy with a 2050 target
  • Energy mix policies: transition from oil to other energy sources
  • Affirmation of the use of natural gas as an intermediate step
  • Reduction of the use of oil in industrial production
  • Developing countries: prospects for energy transition
  • Nuclear: France as a new European model and in North Africa

FASHION & DESIGN

  • Canons of green interior design
  • Sustainable production materials at the basis of fashion products and tastes
  • Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

FLORA

  • Adaptation and transformation of flora to climate change
  • Flora evolved to support the fight against pollution
  • The role of certification for the sustainability of forests and woods

GEOPOLITHIC CHESSBOARD

  • Buen Vivir and new pillars of the state organization
  • Influence of climate change in conflicts
  • Energy independence and reduction of imports
  • Conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South-Central Asia
  • Evolution of Afro-Asian conflicts
  • Libya as case studies
  • Kashmir and territorial instability

SPACE

  • Importance of water on the planet Mars for human evolution
  • Role of space exploration in protecting the environment
  • Climate change on the red planet
  • Space pollution and repercussions for the Earth

SVILUPPO URBANO

  • Evolution of architecture harmonious with the territory
  • Return of organic architecture
  • Green building: materials of nature again protagonists
  • Green capitals: new global model
  • Electric vehicles protagonists of city mobility
  • Portugal as a European model of green capital
  • Man-nature symbiosis on the territory
  • Artificial intelligence and new urban transport systems
  • Big Data and contribution to environmental protection

Honor Committee

An Honor Committee is set up to highlight the prestige of the event. The committee is made up of personalities, including institutional ones, of international importance.

Membership is an expression of appreciation for the initiative which, given the issue, is designed to promote cultural change in the environmental sphere.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee “The Motumundian Committee for Climate Protection” is made up of researchers, professors, “green” entrepreneurs, representatives of institutions and members of environmental protection associations from different parts of the world. The function of the scientific committee is to harmonize the areas of origin of its members in order to analyze and favor intervention actions in the various themes of the festival.

Specifically, he carries out constant study work also making use of Citizen Science to produce a report to be offered to the International Scientific Community, as a “manifesto” of the Motumundi festival. The entire festival is an analysis and research laboratory for the scientific committee, and, in this sense, plays a leading role in the Climate Protection / Motumundian Academy, since the members are teachers and researchers at the same time.

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Motumundians

An interdisciplinary environmental awareness school has been set up within Motumundi. It includes, among others, students, researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs and institutional representatives.

Participants called Motumundians follow, under the aegis of the scientific committee, daily workshops divided into classes that group them without taking into
account their profession: the goal is to make people with different doctrinal and professional experiences work together.