Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Art, literature world tells Monti to ban cruises in Venice


(ANSA) - Venice, October 11 - Leaders from the world of art
and literature spoke out against cruise ships passing through
Venice's fragile lagoon in a letter to Italian Premier Mario
Monti on Thursday.
"We wish to denounce the growing, invasive and uncontrolled
presence of enormous cruise liners in the lagoon, even in the
immediate vicinity of some extraordinary spaces such as St
Mark's Basilica," said the letter.
The statement was signed by Nobel laureate in literature
Orhan Pamuk, contemporary artist Bill Viola and a host of
leading professors from Cambridge, Columbia and other leading
"These ships pose serious environmental risks that
compromise the conservation the artistic heritage of the city,"
the statement said.
It went on to accuse lawmakers of privileging "the
interests of tourism" over scientific evidence that proves the
passage of large ships damages the fragile lagoon ecosystem and
creates wake that damages the fragile foundations of buildings.
A movement to ban cruise ships from passing through Venice
gained momentum following the January crash of the Costa
Concordia off the Coast of Tuscany, killing 32 in Italy's worst
marittime disaster since World War II.
Venice's economy is largely fueled by tourism and a large
cruise industry.
Over 600 cruise ships passed through the lagoon in 2011.

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