YouTopic Fest: sustainability, environment, relationship, peace

Sustainability, environment, relationship, peace. The third day concludes the sixth edition of the Rondine International Conflict Festival, YouTopic Fest, delving into the integral dimension of the human being, which is the deep value that Rondine moves and his educational-formative method. The focus is on relationships as a habitat within which conflict can be managed, recognized, and transformed, in order to experience differences as a generating opportunity.

The first panel of the day opens with the message sent by Enrico Giovannini, Minister of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility, who stressed how Rondine operates “… for the creation of an ecosystem in which the educational relationship and interaction with others and this gives concretion to this often desired paradigm shift.

Your commitment to creating a habitat where developing relationships informed by educational logic and civil coexistence is worthwhile: it means living the opportunity to exploit the points of contiguity between increasingly central issues such as education, innovation. , sustainability, ecology, struggle. against climate change, peace and social justice “.

In fact, in the Citadel of Peace of Arezzo, day after day, for twenty-five years, a citadel has been built that is transformed and developed into the citadel of the third millennium, green and sustainable. , which, through the many young Italians and people around the world who inhabit it, has become an example not only of how we can live together even when there are conflicts, but also of how we can cultivate the new world by regenerating it. with peaceful relations between men and nature.

At the morning table entitled ‘Sustainability, environment, relationship, peace. Towards the city of the third millennium ‘Massimo Mercati, CEO of Aboca, a for-profit company since August 2018 and a great supporter of Rondine and the many projects that are being developed here also spoke:

“The concept of interrelationship is not an idea but the center of life; we cannot, therefore, ignore this biological and cultural interconnection. In the future, in an increasingly difficult market, in which growth will become selective and conflicting, the logic is to be able to focus on value creation, in our business we must learn to be regenerative. There is only one path that generates the common good, we must work specifically in this dimension.

The issue of building and sustaining the green city and also creating peace are interconnected and closed in one word: beauty. Alessia del Corono Borgia, director of the Fondazione Italia Patria della Bellezza, reminded me:

“Beauty understood in an ethical sense, the landscape, creativity, culture, territories, everything that we Italians know how to do very well, but we often know little about; in fact there are many projects all over Italy that express beauty and create regeneration, create relationships, systems, networks. The network is the only way to bring the result home, sharing the same goals. “

On the table is also the voice of Rondine students, Meital, an Israeli student at the World House, says: “Living in a sustainable community means a lot, first of all we have to look at the beauty of this world and think. Rondine and this village teach us that too.

It is a work that we must do for ourselves and for the peace of our land, because the suffering of nature is our suffering. Because we cannot be healthy in a sick world, and although we live in a part of the world that feels less the effects of climate change, there are other peoples, other territories that live them spectacularly every day.

In the afternoon, focus on the Leaders for Peace campaign that promotes the training of young generations of world peace leaders, raising awareness of investment in education and human rights. A panel that saw young activists and activists from Italy and the world as protagonists who told stories of campaigns, actions, activities that have meant a real change in the lives of others, from the local level to the international.

Stefania Bait, UNYDP Delegate for the Italian Youth Delegate Program at the United Nations; Carlotta Croci, youth ambassador to Italy and exponent of the ONE campaign; Kaaj Tschikaland and of ActionAid and Yasmine Ouirhrane and founder of WeBelong and awarded as Young European of the Year 2019.

It is time to take stock now of the review that is coming to an end and that, after the pandemic, has once again become a space for meeting, comparison and relationships for young people from all over Italy and the world. already looking to the future and the announcement of the title of the next edition of YouTopic Fest borrowed from the nocturnal song of a wandering shepherd through Asia by Leopardi ‘Cade, rises again and more and more hastily. In accelerated time, what space for fragility and pain? ‘

The appointment is for June 8, 9, 10, 11, 2023. “In the days we spent together, the year we just mentioned, Rondine is not a Citadel comparable to a happy island. Here we welcome the pains of the world, the hardships of the world and we always start again from the most tragic and horrible pain of war ”.

Says Franco Vaccari, president of Rondine: “Ours is not a party of artificial and mental anesthesia, our party is rooted in awareness. The boys and girls of the House of the World and the Fourth Year of Rondine remind us: they are normal young people, not superheroes, during their journey they explain, with modesty and desire to communicate, their fragility, fears and uncertainties of all . of us and the YouTopic party doesn’t cancel that out, take them inside and welcome them.

In the Rondine method we work on what scares us, because over-defense kills us. The relationship is a protective ship that we always carry wherever we go there will be storms, there will be war but we will be protected. The only way is to look to the future with hope. “

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