The project at the “Andrea Bafile” primary school of Montorio al Vomano, in the province of Teramo, Italy, has come full circle. After four weeks of workshops on the art of recycling – a project made possible thanks to the collaboration between Enel and the local government council – the artwork of the 73 pupils involved was presented the 14th of December on the stage of the local cinema.
Toys, works of art and costumes made from recycled materials enabled the organisers to put on a show dedicated to the issue of environmental sustainability, combining art and recycling culture. The project was inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, to which Enel is committed. It began on 10 October and involved 73 8-year-olds, who were joined by the artists of the Teramo-based cultural association “Il Rogo.” Creative manual activities were used to address the issues of environmental protection, the circular economy and the reuse of resources. The kids’ artwork subsequently appeared in the final show, which consisted of three different “performance” paintings. These were, namely: season’s greetings from under a “trash” Christmas tree, DIY games (including table football, table tennis, chess and bowls, all of which were made entirely from cardboard and waste materials), and, last but not least, a “tableau vivant” representation of the famous 1884 painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by the French artist Georges Seurat.
The project also had the support of “We Are Energy.” This is a competition for the children of Enel employees, and is now in its thirteenth edition. This year, the theme for We Are Energy was provided by the 17 UN Global Goals. The winners, who come from the 16 countries where the company is present, took part in an international campus, during which their sustainability activities enabled them to earn “energy balls” or points. These energy points were then put to practical use. In this case they were used to fund the workshops in Montorio al Vomano, which is in a part of Italy that was hit by an earthquake and heavy snowfall last year.
The closing event was attended by the Mayor of Montorio, Gianni Di Centa, and the local councillor for environmental issues, Agnese Testa. Enel was represented by Ornella Ferrini and Carla Quatrana, Sustainability and Institutional Affairs Italy, and Luisa De Luca, Internal Communication. This is because Enel is always there, whenever a sustainable future needs to be built.