Climate Space – Milano 1 – 18 December

Climate Space is back at Teatro Dal Verme in Milano following the December 2019 edition, the long break due to the pandemics, and the five-day Festival at Melpignano, in Salento. Last summer Ludovico Einaudi immersed his audience in nature with a series of open-air concerts in some of the most secluded, enchanting and pristine locations in Italy, such as Pieve di Romena in Casentino, Bosco delle Pianelle in Murge, Campotosto Lake below Gran Sasso and Grotte dei Cervi in Otranto. Climate Space pursues this immersion in nature presenting a selection of seventeen short films from remote regions of the world telling stories of a quest for harmony between people and the environment that surrounds them.

Concerts in nature have been a way to bring attention back to our relationship with our host: the living world. A musical experience, augmented by wind, sunlight and grand landscapes, acted as a reminder that we are part of nature and nature is an integral part of ourselves. We seem to have disconnected from this very fundamental principle. After over 300 years of a dominant culture that separates and elevates humans above the natural world, we have grown used to looking at our environment as a resource to exploit, on the one hand, and a waste collector on the other. To overcome the climate and environmental crises we are experiencing, we need to construct a new relationship with all other living beings and the planet, grounded not any longer on domination, but on interdependence and reciprocity.

Through seventeen stories from around the world, Climate Space shows that another kind of relationship between human beings and the environment is possible; a relationship where we care about; we give and take; we let live and where available resources are used only inasmuch as they can replenish. A few stories come from far away cultures that, contrary to ours, attribute intentions and communication abilities to other living beings. It is then normal to talk with chimpanzees to agree on how to share banana, papaya and mais crops. Or to bring salt in the winter for the ungulates that live in the arduous mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Other stories come instead from our culture and tell of people that choose to live immersed in nature practicing traditional breeding and farming crafts, without however giving up on innovation and modernity.

With this selection, our intent is to explore five forms of respectful relationship with nature that range from mutualism to conservation, from breeding and farming to regeneration. Each of these relationships contribute to supporting biodiversity, keeping alive ancient cultures, responding to global warming while generating economic activity. Although most stories are set in the rural world, the underlying principles hold for any human activity that seeks to minimise its environmental footprint and to maximise its contribution to social and natural regeneration. Our wish is that these stories will be sources of reflection and will inspire new practices and initiatives.

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