“Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers 4,057 signatures… so far


“Thanks to modern technology, the circa 500 marble quarries working in the Apuan Alps – above Carrara – are inflicting upon the mountains the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

So claim the people behind the online Avaaz petition which so far has gathered 4,057 signatures… (and now, since we began writing this post, up to 3,064 signatures) . “Nearly 9-million tons of marble are produced each year, 3/4ths of which are in the form of debris destined to the building industry and to the production of calcium carbonate used in the manufacture of toothpaste, paper-whiteners, and large-scale filtering systems – certainly not to provide blocks for Michelangelo.”

Citing the pollution of the air and streams – and the adverse health effects on the local population, the petition demands in bold letters: “We must gradually close all of the quarries, and re-convert the local economy to more sustainable forms.”

THIS is the link to the online petition.

Read more about the Apuan Alps on the Wikipedia article, linked here.
Photo by Rdesai from Wikimedia, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps


3 thoughts on ““Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers 4,057 signatures… so far

  1. Close ALL the quarries? Is there no middle ground? Seems a bit extreme to close down an entire industry – perhaps a more environmentally responsible attitude from the marble industry might produce results beneficial to themselves AND the wider community.


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    Words and Music ©2013SteveRossi

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