The Tree of Life and Palazzo Italia turn off the lights to promote ecological awareness
MIND, with its partners Arexpo, Fondazione Human Technopole, Lendlease, Università degli Studi di Milano, Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi and Fondazione Triulza, joins M’Illumino di meno, a day of energy saving and sustainable lifestyles promoted by the RAI radio programme “Caterpillar” and Rai Radio 2. To invite everyone to a more conscious energy consumption, today, the lights of the Tree of Life, the iconic installation of Expo Milano 2015, and Palazzo Italia, the former Italian Pavilion during the event and now home to Human Technopole, the new Italian research institute for life sciences dedicated to improving the health and well-being of citizens thanks to new approaches to personalized medicine, will be turned off.
MIND’s contribution to raising awareness of sustainability and ecology does not stop here. In addition to the more than 13,000 trees and 67,000 shrubs planted for EXPO 2015, in the coming years about 3,500 new trees will be added to the area that will transform the Decumano into one of the longest linear parks in Europe. A large green lung around which will be built the new Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute, the campus of the scientific faculties of the State University of Milan and the Human Technopole. It will be a real new city district dedicated to the diffusion of science, research and innovation with a focus on light mobility, new technologies and improvement of the quality of life in order to offer the new generations an increasingly green and sustainable future.
M’illumino di meno
It is the day of energy saving and sustainable lifestyles, launched in 2005 by Caterpillar and Rai Radio2, to ask people to turn off unnecessary lights and rethink consumption. In recent years the context in which the initiative has been taking place has changed: energy efficiency has become an important economic issue and, for example, the incandescent light bulbs that the event invited to change with energy saving ones are no longer in production today. Nevertheless, turning off the lights and witnessing one’s interest in the future of mankind remains a very participatory concrete initiative. In Italian cities every year the main monuments – the Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, the Arena of Verona – the palaces that are the symbol of Italy – Quirinale, Senate and Chamber – turn their lights off. The Eiffel Tower, the Foreign Office and the Vienna Prater Wheel joined the initiatives on specific occasions.