On December 2-5, Naples, Italy will host the “COP of the Mediterranean,” an international climate event focused on safeguarding the environmental richness of the Mediterrean Sea. This conference of the parties to the Barcelona Convention will bring together climate leaders from across the region for a much-needed discussion of how best to preserve the Sea’s bountiful resources and diverse wildlife.
Italy’s Minister of the Environment, Land and Sea Sergio Costa has noted that “in addition to being the sea with the most consistent trade in the world,” the Mediterranean “is also a hotbed of important biodiversity.” Costa especially looks forward to engaging the youth of Naples—a city that has for centuries thrived on the Sea’s banks—with events tied to the conference. A firm believer in the power of youth to make a difference, Costa refers to them as “the educators of the adults.”
Connect4Climate is proud to be attending the conference and supporting the outreach around it through several key events including a beach cleanup workshop and showcases of environmental music and art. Our team can’t wait to connect with climate-conscious youth and get them involved in the push for a sustainable future!
For a full rundown of the exciting activities we’ve got planned, check out the program below. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation online with the hashtags #COP21Napoli, #BarcelonaConvention, #SaveTheMediterranean, #WeAreAction, and #IoSonoAmbiente!
Images courtesy of the COP21-Naples offical website.
C4C Events Program
Monday 2 December, 9.00 am-1.00 pm
Morning beach cleanup workshop and restoration of the coastal area of San Giovanni a Teduccio in collaboration with local NGO ‘Let's Do It! Italy.’
About 150 students from local schools will be trained in advance and will work together to clean the beach. This activity will be accompanied by the installation of new benches and by the repair of beachside showers.
The restoration of the area will include the creative recycling of beach trash into musical instruments. Led by Maurizio Capone of the eco-minded band Capone & BungtBangt, youngsters will learn to fashion instruments from the rubbish and make music with them, transforming something ugly into something beautiful.
Tuesday 3 December, 7.00 pm-11.00 pm
Music for the sea: An eventful evening of music and climate positivity.
Subsonica singer-songwriter and Italian X Factor judge Samuel Umberto Romano, known for his commitment to protecting the natural world, will join forces with the artists of Napoli Segreta to DJ a night of music that will empower fans to take meaningful climate action. Topical videos will be screened throughout the event, including the premiere of the footage captured at the beach cleanup in San Giovanni a Teduccio as well as video profiles of Neapolitan youth activists and a selection of other content on the importance of safeguarding the Mediterranean.
Throughout the event, participants will be able to create personalized t-shirts with screen-printed images inspired by the theme of the sea. Equipped with a mobile printing unit, a small booth will be set up for the sustainable printing of the shirts. Guests will have the opportunity to choose a color scheme and one of two available graphics for their organic cotton shirts and print them in real time with the guidance of onsite staff.
Wednesday 4 December, 5.30 pm-7.30 pm
Climate engagement through theatre: In Naples’s eastern suburbs, an abandoned space became a theater for the community: the NEST. On the evening of December 4th, the NEST’s stage will be animated by a performance of “Fuoco Fatuo”—a story filled with music, dance and magic and rich with environmental symbolism— followed by a theatrical monologue from actor Adriano Papaleo.
Photographs by SubScatti will be presented by Fondali Campania in an installation outside the theater, and throughout the event, young talents from the Metropolitan Poetry Association will recite topical poems for the public.
Banner image courtesy of Pixabay.