A day dedicated to science and the environment. This is how the World Earth Day organized by GLOBE Italia took place as part of the Where is the Science? at the Brussa wood, transformed for the occasion into a large open-air laboratory where to look for science, and open to everyone. Schools, universities, research institutions and associations have welcomed students of all ages, passionate and curious, involving them in practical activities, explaining the research carried out and those in progress, helping to build a sense of appreciation and responsibility towards the planet we live on.
A planet, however, heavily transformed by man, especially in urban areas, where the habitats available for flora and fauna are reduced with a consequent decline in biodiversity. And it is now known that a wide range of ecosystem services depend on it, that is, benefits for humanity, such as agricultural production (fruits, vegetables), timber and many others.
Among the various gazebos, the one dedicated to the Pulchra project presented posters, teaching materials and construction activities for insect shelters (bug hotels), making known the activities developed in the last 2 years. Among the topics addressed were the improvement of urban environments, the collection of data on pollinating insects, the construction of green corridors and the monitoring of soil and water quality.
The day made it possible to make people understand, and touch, that science is not something abstract limited to school desks, but concerns everyday life as well as within everyone’s reach, adults and children, experts and non-experts.
The meeting was organized by Globe Italia as part of the Where is the Science? project, supported by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.
The University of Udine has collaborated with the FVG Fish Heritage Authority, Italia Nostra, the Amici del Bosco Brussa Association, Wayouth APS, Sunraulis Associazione, the Municipalities of Palazzolo and Torviscosa, the ISIS Bassa Friulana, the University of Udine – project PULCHRA, CREA Gorizia and the Palazzolo Alpine Group.