26 March 2013

Baalbek, Lebanon: if electricity comes from carrots

On March 18th and 19th, at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, two girls in red suit surprised the audience of the “EU – Lebanon Cooperation Days” with trays of fruit and vegetables: they were offering carrots, bananas, mandarins and apples and asked the skins and debris back. For every “bio-waste” entered in a container, a […]

25 February 2013

The cultivated biodiversity and the work of Vavilov

Long before E. Wilson introduced the word “biodiversity” in common language, many other thinkers, scientists, men and women of culture and action had placed the concept of biodiversity at the center of their attention. There is no tradition, culture or religion that has not reflected on the wealth represented by all the living beings that […]

11 February 2013

Fighting domestic violence in Maputo

At the center for women victims of domestic violence, managed by the organization Nhamai in the province of Maputo (Mozambique), there’s a poster welcoming visitors and guests. It shows a woman trying to cope with an heavy basket over her head, a basket full of words: physical violence, psychological violence, sexual violence, social violence, economic […]