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Please find here the approved applications to the Social Art Award 2021 – New Greening. The open call was closed on 1 May.

The next Open Call for the Social Art Ward will be opened in early 2023.

 

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Gaia
by Santiago Estellano
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Title:
Gaia

Author:
Santiago Estellano

Description:
Gaia is a metaphor for the living Earth. Named after a Greek goddess, a theory developed by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 60's in which Gaia is: 1)From the inert or physical point of view (what is it?): It is the thin spherical layer of earth and water that exists between the incandescent interior of the planet and the upper atmosphere that surrounds it. 2)From a biological point of view (who is it?): It is the interactive fabric of living organisms that have inhabited it for more than four billion years. It is the combination of that What and that Who and the way in which one continually affects the other what Gaia represents. Throughout its history, man has been a witness, victimizer and victim of the progressive degradation of the environment and the depletion of natural resources. Our anti-environmental behavior are due to the desire for profit, both individual and social, and ignorance of our relationships with Mother Nature. There are enough signs that show that humans, and all living beings, are one more element that makes up Gaia a living organism. The pandemia could be seen as a response of Gaia´s to the behavior of a technocratic world, which has generated environmental problems for a long time such as the Greenhouse Effect, Global Climate Warming and the diminishing of the Ozone Layer, to name a few. NASA had verified the decrease in pollution levels worldwide as a consequence of lock-down, the first evidences were seen in China. In February 2020, drops of between 20% and 30% in carbon dioxide emissions were detected in some regions of countries heavily hitten by the pandemia, such as Italy, China and the United States. Madrid, Milan and Rome 45% decrease, Paris 54% compared to 2019; in a single month pollution levels went down in Sydney below 38%, Los Angeles 29%, Rio de Janeiro 26%, Durban 9%. In Buenos Aires, during March 2020, air pollution was reduced by 50% due to a decrease in traffic one week after starting the isolation. Another example of changes in the word´s ecosystem due to the pandemic was in Venice where the water became crystal clear. Deer had been seen in Nara, Japan. Wild boars running through different cities in Italy, Spain, Israel. Dolphins near the port of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy. Ducks at the Trevi Fountain. Mountain Goats in Wales. Newly hatched turtles had been seen on beaches in Thailand. While human beings locked ourselves in, animals take over cities. Nature is reborn.
Description:
Gaia is a metaphor for the living Earth. Named after a Greek goddess, a theory developed by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 60's in which Gaia is: 1)From the inert or physical point of view (what is it?): It is the thin spherical layer of earth and water that exists between the incandescent interior of the planet and the upper atmosphere that surrounds it. 2)From a biological point of view (who is it?): It is the interactive fabric of living organisms that have inhabited it for more than four billion years. It is the combination of that What and that Who and the way in which one continually affects the other what Gaia represents. Throughout its history, man has been a witness, victimizer and victim of the progressive degradation of the environment and the depletion of natural resources. Our anti-environmental behavior are due to the desire for profit, both individual and social, and ignorance of our relationships with Mother Nature. There are enough signs that show that humans, and all living beings, are one more element that makes up Gaia a living organism. The pandemia could be seen as a response of Gaia´s to the behavior of a technocratic world, which has generated environmental problems for a long time such as the Greenhouse Effect, Global Climate Warming and the diminishing of the Ozone Layer, to name a few. NASA had verified the decrease in pollution levels worldwide as a consequence of lock-down, the first evidences were seen in China. In February 2020, drops of between 20% and 30% in carbon dioxide emissions were detected in some regions of countries heavily hitten by the pandemia, such as Italy, China and the United States. Madrid, Milan and Rome 45% decrease, Paris 54% compared to 2019; in a single month pollution levels went down in Sydney below 38%, Los Angeles 29%, Rio de Janeiro 26%, Durban 9%. In Buenos Aires, during March 2020, air pollution was reduced by 50% due to a decrease in traffic one week after starting the isolation. Another example of changes in the word´s ecosystem due to the pandemic was in Venice where the water became crystal clear. Deer had been seen in Nara, Japan. Wild boars running through different cities in Italy, Spain, Israel. Dolphins near the port of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy. Ducks at the Trevi Fountain. Mountain Goats in Wales. Newly hatched turtles had been seen on beaches in Thailand. While human beings locked ourselves in, animals take over cities. Nature is reborn.

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