Brindisi, Pugilia, Italy
Conohar Scott & No AI Carbone
This project represents a collaboration with the activist group No Al Carbone (‘No to Coal’ or NAC), who are a group of environmental activists from Brindisi, Puglia, Italy. The NAC activists have a strong regional presence and for many years have been campaigning against unchecked industrial development in the nearby Brindisi Industrial Zone, which is four times larger than the adjacent city of Brindisi. The Industrial Zone is home to four coal-fired power stations, a host of petro-chemical manufacturing plants and bio-mass incinerators. Furthermore, it has been identified by the Italian government as an ‘Area at High Risk of Environmental Crisis’ (Law number 349/1986/art.1) and as a ‘Site of National Interest for Regeneration’ (Law number 426, 1998). The incredible quantity of pollutants present and their particularly toxic nature have had a devastating impact on the health of the local population and ecosystems alike. The partnership with NAC culminated in the Veleni Tour 2015. Using the Environmental Resistance photographs as a route for an ironically titled ‘toxic bus tour’ of the industrial zone, the Veleni Tour brought together a number of local politicians, activists and professionals in order to discuss the environmental challenges facing the community.
To view the project in full, please follow the link to the PDF publication below.