Aquaponics: my project to spur on social innovation.
Creating meaningful jobs to fight racism through concrete actions.
“There’s plenty of challenging, gratifying, interesting, productive workaround for people to do, and there are plenty of people who want to do it―they simply aren’t being allowed that opportunity under the current economic system.”
― Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
Mass media, politicians, relatives, professors, elderly and youth…ever do is repeat that “our future has been stolen from us”. And then it’s so close to question “whose is the responsibility of this rip-off?”
Everybody lays the blame on the other. None wants to shoulder one’s responsibility of what it’s happening, since it would imply the duty to take action. Actually, I guess that it’s easier to convince oneself of one’s powerlessness to tackle the geopolitical challenges that are affecting our daily lives. Like the consistent influx of migrants on the Italian shores and the prevalence of poverty in our Country.
According to Eurostat, excluding Greece, Italy is the Country with the highest number of poor people around Europe. They were 4.742.000 persons by 2016 (Istat’s report on absolute poverty). And the dramatic thing is that large part of the establishment is doing nothing else than complain and instigate hatred and xenophobia among the population. On the social networks is under way a “civil war” between the two faces of Italy and it’s like a dispute between deaf persons, since no side is going to convince of its truth the other one just with words, which at the moment are the only weapons deployed. Consequently, racism is alarmingly spreading among the most vulnerable social groups, who’re dealing with the shame and the fear of remaining jobless.
Behind all of this, there are the fingerprints of populist parties,as well, that since the very beginning have been promoting the misinformation in this area. Indeed, they blame the migrants who aren’t escaping from a war, because they wrongly assume that these folks are moving here to live at our expense. Although, they already know how much this assumption is absurd and treacherous; in fact, it’s based on the staple ignorance of the non-experts on the slow-onset disasters linked with the climate change, to which the Equatorial Regions are much more subject than temperate Continents, like Europe, where its effects are mild. So, even if not yet recognized as such by the Italian citizens, many of the migrants, who are taking shelter on our shores, are “climate refugees”.
Now, the correlation between these four issues to tackle is obvious, thinking this through. It’s impossible to loose from each other. Long-term answers to improve people’s lives has to take into consideration each one of these matters — migration, climate change, unemployment rate, racism — as an unique and whole big deal.
Unfortunately, there are no institutional awareness-raising activities to make it clear. Therefore, it remains a war amongst the poor.
Nevertheless, I can’t stay idly by on my hands and, while our politicians are busy to sell they shabby slogans, I designed a plan on my own as private citizen, since I believe that meaningful jobs may succeed to become a social glue of society, while words for this task are pretty powerless.
My father, Davide Di Crescenzo, is a marine biologist and an Aquaponic expert. He’s been studying and working on Aquaponics for 9 years and consequently I’d had all the time to deeply understand the locked potential of this food production innovation in terms of social impact, overall on the communities most at risk.
In these months, we’re working on an Aquaponic training Center in Tuscany, where we’ll organize one-week workshops inside the facilities we’re building. Then, the project includes to allocate part of the profits to the scientific Research in the field and to social training programs to start and run an Aquaponic facility, since the purpose of our business is to create meaningful jobs and Aquaponics looks to me one of the most cost-effective way to achieve this goal.
If there are no public investments in these activities, I think it’s up to the private sector fill the gap. But, of course, it needs the economic support and the commitment of the customers, who choose to contribute to the accomplishment of this purpose. This is what I mean when I encourage each one of us to “take action”.
We’re not powerlessness in front of what’s dramatically is happening around us. We can do something about it. We can change things as they’re at the moment, if we’re really willing to take the ownership of our lives and stop blaming everyone else for what it’s not working in this Country, since the actual culprits don’t care for our reprobation. It’s useful as kicking the sand in the desert. So, why do not find a way to cultivate on it?
This is my attitude, at least, and this one of the main reasons why I so firmly believe in the resourcefulness of Aquaponic method. Indeed, it’s a climate-resilient solution, that may be easily deployed to satisfy the demand of several different niche markets, hence producing wealth within the social tissue of entire local communities.
At the moment, also mine are still plain words, but I’m working on this project to unlock the potential of Aquaponics in many professional sectors and as everything pioneering in this world, that’s going to take a fair while longer. Perhaps much less. It depends on how many people are going to believe in growing this dream together.
In life, a person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find that they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.
Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.
Gardeners always recognize each other, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World.
― Paulo Coelho