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Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Italy Series at ItalianPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Italian holidays and observances. I’m Becky, and you're listening to Season 1 Lesson 18, Environment Day.
Do you like to spend your days outdoors, perhaps in the countryside?
On June 5, as in many other countries in the world, Italians celebrate Environment Day, which was established by the UN in 1972.
In this lesson we’ll see what environmental initiatives have come about thanks to this day in Italy.
Now, before we go into more detail, we’ve got a question for you- Do you know what the expression “Re-Made in Italy” means?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
Environment Day, or Giornata dell’ambiente, is an event celebrated all over the world, Millions of people from all corners of the globe mobilize for environmental protection, to raise awareness and promote sustainable development. In Italy, it’s mainly the big environmental organizations, such as Legambiente and WWF, who organize a number of initiatives with the active participation of numerous individuals.
One of their most important and effective projects is the cleaning of public areas like parks, lakes, forests, and seabeds. Many people gather to collect litter, both that which is thrown out carelessly or in acts of general vandalism. What’s most striking is that all of these people are all volunteers and their ages range from elementary school children to pensioners.
Each year different events are held, like concerts, sports events, and programs to plant trees in less green areas of the city. One example is the footrace of Rome, the “Villa Ada Race.” Funds raised from race registration are donated to the charity WWF, to be used for projects designed to protect the environment of the Lazio region.
In Italy, as in other European Union countries, when visiting a grocery store people must bring a bag or a container from home. Supermarkets stopped distributing plastic bags, or sacchetti di plastica, in 2011 due to changes in the law.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
Do you know what the expression “Re-Made in Italy” means? “Re-Made in Italy” is an association founded in 2009 to promote and support Italian companies that make use of recycled materials and production systems that have low environmental impact.
Well listeners, how was this lesson? Did you learn something new?
In your country, are there events organized for the occasion of June 5?
Please leave a comment telling us at ItalianPod101.com.
See you next time!