Milan wins in one of the categories of the first edition ofEarthshot Prize, international recognition of the best solutions to protect the environment. The ceremony took place at London’s Alexandra Palace in the presence of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. The Milanese project that won the “A world without waste” category is that of the neighborhood hubs against food waste, born shortly before the coronavirus emergency and consolidated in full need as a reality of help and recovery, under the hat of ‘Food policy’ to which the Municipality of Milan adheres since the time of Expo.
And with the mayor Beppe Sala to celebrate is also the deputy mayor Anna Scavuzzo, who has precisely the delegation to the Food Policy: “The Neighborhood Hubs against food waste developed with many partners in the city thanks to FoodPolicy, are the winning project of the first edition of the Earthshot Prize promoted by Prince William. The thrill of hearing Emma Thompson announce the victory of our city was wonderful “, the first post last night after the proclamation just took place.
In mid-September it was Prince William who announced the 15 finalists of the Earthshot Prize.
Today Milan, thanks to the alliance between the Municipality and the Third Sector, has three operational District Hubs: Isola (2019), Lambrate (2020) and Gallaratese (2021). The project brings together, with Palazzo Marino, the Milan Polytechnic, Assolombarda, the Cariplo Foundation and the QuBì Program. The creation of the first Hub involved Banco Alimentare della Lombardia and made it possible to save over 10 tons of food per month, ensuring in one year a flow of 260 thousand equivalent meals, which reached 3,800 people, thanks to the contribution of 20 supermarkets, 4 canteens companies and 24 third sector entities.
The Lambrate one, opened immediately after the first lockdown of spring 2020, is also managed by the Food Bank of Lombardy in a space made available by AVIS Milan and with the contribution of BCC Milano. The third Hub, in the Gallaratese area, is managed by Terre des hommes with the contribution of the Milan Foundation. The next, in the planning phase, will be the Corvetto neighborhood hub against food waste, with the management of the Banco Alimentare della Lombardia and the contribution of the SNAM Foundation; while to open a fifth, the Municipality of Milan has recently started the co-planning table.
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In the months of the coronavirus emergency, Chiara Ferragni and Fedez had also volunteered for a day: first at the Ortomercato to collect fruit and vegetables, then in one of the hubs to divide food into bags, finally delivering them to some families in public housing.
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Together with Milan, on the podium also the projects’ Coral Vità by Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher, to grow corals on land and use them to revive dying ecosystems in the oceans, and ‘Aem Electrolyser’, which transforms renewable electricity into hydrogen with zero emissions. Awarded Indian Vidyut Mohan of Takachar, who converts crop scraps into bio-products such as fuel and fertilizer, and Costa Rica’s Ministry of the Environment, which paid citizens to protect forests, plant trees and restore ecosystems , leading to the doubling of the country’s forests.
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“The actions we choose or do not choose to take in the next ten years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand”, underlined Prince William, recalling that “the future is ours to determine, and if we dedicate ourselves, nothing is impossible” . “Nature is vital to all of us, but we have neglected it for too long and now we face a series of tipping points. If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilize our planet and steal the future from our children. they deserve “, echoed the Duchess of Cambridge, who for the occasion wore a dress by Alexander McQueen already shown in 2011.