5 Star town: Acquanegra


Carate Brianza town council meeting


Democracy in Italy no longer exists. It’s not by means of a new party that things will change, as some people believe, including some on the blog. Everything will change when we change. In our every day life, in what we put in our shopping basket, in our behaviour. The parties are the past. The citizens are the future. Democracy must be participation; it must be put in place. put in place by me, by you, by everyone. Delegating to Veltroni or to Berlusconi just produces monsters. It’s the dream of democracy. By now, it’s a farce. There’s no one on the other side of the wall. You will find economic interests, bankrupts, mafia people in double-breasted jackets, masons, unloaded industrialists, nuclear generating stations, incinerators and ignorance.
We can no longer turn the other way when faced with the destruction of our society. We have to turn THIS way. And do something. We don’t need another “duce” and another king, but just employees who CARRY OUT our programme.
We have to start with the towns. In 2009, the blog will support the civic lists that are inspired by its programme. In September, the election campaign will start. Without the administration of the towns, the parties will empty like a balloon with a hole in it. The piranhas will no longer have water to swim in. The virtuous towns exist already, they are true five-star towns. I will publish the experiences on the blog.
A final thing: FILM (and add subtitles) the sessions of the town councils and put them on the internet. It is one of your rights. If the mayor does not allow you to do so, denounce him.

Acquanegra: the water in the taps at home.
Our journey in Italy of the five-star towns starts here, Acquanegra Cremonese, a town of about 1500 inhabitants in the province of Cremona. The adventure of this small community to reduce its own ecological footprint starts with water, from the par excellence common good, so mistreated over time and made into merchandise for the interests of the usual folk.
The town authorities, a year after taking office, are launching the project: “Chiare, fresche e dolci acque… del rubinetto” {Clear, cool and sweet water… from the tap}. After distributing a flyer to all the homes explaining the environmental and economic advantages of using tap water instead of bottled water, a public meeting was organised with the head of the laboratory of the company that manages the water network, during which there was a comparison of the chemical characteristics of some commercial mineral waters with those of water samples taken from taps in private houses. On that occasion chemical analyses were also presented for tap water after filtering with an appropriate jug
To convince ever more families to use tap water, the initiative (that is still going on) will see an intervention by the town authorities in two ways: the supply for free to those citizens who ask for it, and who have bought a set of three filters, of filter jugs; the reimbursement of part of the cost to install a composite filter, that complies with legal requirements, to be applied under the sink. About 10% of the families in the town have signed up to the initiative, most of whom have chosen the jug.
If we imagine an average consumption of 1.5 litres per family per day, it is possible to estimate that in these three years there’s been a “saving” of about 55,000 plastic bottles.
Even the schools run by the local authorities have been involved in the initiative, getting the teachers involved with the advantages that result from using tap water and on the health guarantees of the filtered water and installing in two school canteens composite filters.” By Marco Boschini

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I hate 'macaroni' translators, adriana: [mafia bosses in double-breasted suits?]- nothing wrong with the original translation... it's the *jacket* that's double-breasted - not the suit. [Masons? - not bricklayers]- no 'masons', as in Freemasons, P2 etc... unloaded industrialists [I think the translator means industrial waste] - No, he means 'empty or vaccuous, industrialists... denounce [prosecute?] him. - No, first one 'denounces', the prosecutions comes later.. that'll do for now ;-)

Posted by: George Tibbles | September 14, 2008 08:55 AM


GOSH I HATE "MACARONI ENGLISH"

25 August 2008
5 Star town: Acquanegra

Democracy in Italy no longer exists. It’s not by means of a new party that things will change, as some people believe, including some on the blog. Everything will change when we change. In our every day life, in what we put in our shopping basket, in our behaviour. The parties are the past. The citizens are the future. Democracy must be participation; it must be put in place. Put in place by me, by you, by everyone. Delegating to Veltroni or to Berlusconi just produces monsters. It’s the dream of democracy. By now, it’s a farce. There’s no one on the other side of the wall. You will find economic interests, bankrupts, mafia people in double-breasted jackets [mafia bosses in double-breasted suits?], masons [Masons? - not bricklayers], unloaded industrialists [I think the translator means industrial waste], nuclear generating stations [nuclear power plants?], incinerators and ignorance.

We can no longer turn the other way when faced with the destruction of our society. We have to turn THIS way. And do something. We don’t need another “duce” and another king, but just employees who CARRY OUT our programme.

We have to start with the towns. In 2009, the blog will support the civic lists that are inspired by its programme. In September, the election campaign will start. Without the administration of the towns, the parties will empty like a balloon with a hole in it. The piranhas will no longer have water to swim in. The virtuous towns exist already, they are true five-star towns. I will publish the experiences on the blog.

A final thing: FILM (and add subtitles) the sessions of the town councils and put them on the internet. It is one of your rights. If the mayor does not allow you to do so, denounce [prosecute?] him.

”Acquanegra: the water in the taps at home.

Our journey in Italy of the five-star towns starts here, Acquanegra Cremonese, a town of about 1500 inhabitants in the province of Cremona. The adventure of this small community to reduce its own ecological footprint starts with water, from the par excellence common good [from the common asset par excellence?], so mistreated over time and made into merchandise for the interests of the usual folk [notorious individuals?].

The town authorities, a year after taking office, are launching the project: “Chiare, fresche e dolci acque… del rubinetto” {Clear, cool and sweet water… from the tap}. After distributing a flyer to all the homes explaining the environmental and economic advantages of using tap water instead of bottled water, a public meeting was organised with the head of the laboratory of the company that manages the water network, during which there was a comparison of the chemical characteristics of some commercial mineral waters with those of water samples taken from taps in private houses. On that occasion chemical analyses were also presented for tap water after filtering with an appropriate jug.

To convince ever more families to use tap water, the initiative (that is still going on) will see an intervention by the town authorities in two ways: the supply for free to those citizens who ask for it, and who have bought a set of three filters, of filter jugs; the reimbursement of part of the cost to install a composite filter, that complies with legal requirements, to be applied [installed?] under the sink. About 10% of the families in the town have signed up to the initiative, most of whom have chosen the jug.

If we imagine an average consumption of 1.5 litres per family per day, it is possible to estimate that in these three years there’s been a “saving” of about 55,000 plastic bottles.

Even the schools run by the local authorities have been involved in the initiative, getting the teachers involved with the advantages that result from using tap water and on the health guarantees of the filtered water and installing in two school canteens composite filters [and installing composite filters in two school canteens?" By Marco Boschini

Posted by: Adriana Mian | August 27, 2008 01:05 PM


What I would like to add is that we need to be more positive and hopeful in the knowledge we provide to those that are suculent in mind and heart...we need to have a voice that is reasonable and fair...and a voice that stands for justice of the kind that we all know of in the true sense of justice...not to hurt others or to judge...but to make life more wearable in the lives that we live...
who wants to live where the clothes fall off all the time and the shoes don't fit...to walk around with a shoe filled with stones...are they the stones that we throw at others when we are unhappy?....remember we are the ones that carry these stones in the first place...is it wise to be like an old man that has nothing but stones in his shoes?
as that is the society we have carved for ourselves....we are such as that...stepping with feet that are not able to land squarely on firm ground...?
the firmness starts with taking out the stones and keeping them in a place where they can be viewed for what they represent...why always carry them around with us...for the ones that are meant for the stones have made sure they have well heeled shoes to fit their feet...so that they are able to run fast when they are found out from their attrocities of their own doing...
so the choice is to take out the stones...know them well....that way you know which one to pick up when the time is right for the casting aside...
the government does change with us changing....we put them there...so why are we still wearing the stones they gave us....?

Posted by: natasha elliott | August 26, 2008 05:59 AM


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