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Conducted by Beatrice Luzzi, the Costa Smeralda Award ceremony opened with a juror panel of great value: Simone Perotti (writer), Alberto Luca Recchi (journalist and writer), Roberto Cotroneo (journalist and writer) and Francesca Santoro (specialist in the UNESCO Oceanography program). The second edition awarded Fiction, Non-fiction, Blue Innovation.
The essay prize went to Ian McGuire, author of The Waters of the North (Einaudi); McGuire spoke of his experiences with the sea and of real and fictional stories that all conveyed to the audience the beauty of the northern seas and the charm of their legends.
The essay prize went to Mimmo Nunnari, author of Destino Mediterraneo (Rubbettino); Nunnari, a Rai journalist for 30 years, spoke with passion and competence of the Mediterranean, a geographical, cultural and historical space depicted and stated a place of encounter and not confrontation.
Enea Roveda of LifeGate for the LifeGate PlastiLess project was awarded The Blue Innovation section; The project intends to give a concrete answer to the problem of plastic pollution already present in the seas, by adopting the Seabin device to be installed in the ports. This is a collection bin for floating waste that can capture around 1.5 kg of debris per day, or over 500 kg of waste per year (depending on the weather and debris volumes), including micro plastics ranging from 5 to 2 mm in diameter and 0.3 mm micro fibers.
“Just one more chapter.”
“Costa Smeralda Award”, dedicated to the great Sardinian artist Maria Lai in the centenary of her birth, was presented by Maxwell Kennedy and Piero Angela. Maxwell Kennedy was introduced by director and documentarist Brando Quilici, son of the great Folco: the two, longtime friends, talked about the mutual environmental commitment and Maxwell Kennedy, writer and author of “Sea Change”, passionately spoke about the importance of respecting the nature and highlighting his never ending love for the sea, and his knowledge of Italy and the whole Mediterranean sea.
The guest star of the evening, Piero Angela, was interviewed by Alberto Luca Recchi. The greatest Italian science journalist spoke of his experience in Sardinia that he visited for the first time in 1968, the pleasure of having seen the Costa Smeralda, “the marvelous Costa Smeralda” as he defined it and the excitement during his recent visit at the archeological site Nuraghe La Prisgiona in Arzachena organized by the Costa Smeralda Consortium. Piero Angela was honored with applauses coming from the packed audience hall at the Cervo Tennis Club, the perfect tribute to a giant of the Italian culture.
Source: Premio Costa Smeralda