Through the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra” the CMCC Foundation is awarding the best communication initiatives that spread awareness on climate change through education, advocacy, media production and social engagement activities.
Deadline: June 30, 2021.
Award: 5,000 €.
The scientific community is providing increasingly detailed and shared knowledge on the causes of climate change, the options to limit its impacts, and the solutions to build climate-resilient communities. Decision makers, both from the public and the private spheres, are strongly engaged as climate change is a cross-cutting challenge that can no longer be ignored. Civil society is putting pressure on leaders to transform knowledge into action. The media are discussing which languages and solutions are best suited to describe the complexity of climate change, which has finally broken into the foreground of the news cycle.
In this context, the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award Rebecca Ballestra focuses on innovative projects and initiatives that deliver engaging messages and communicate climate change in education, advocacy, media production and social engagement activities.
The Award aims to showcase and promote the most creative and impactful initiatives that:
- increase public awareness on climate change and its interactions with society, the economy, the environment, and policy-making processes;
- disseminate science-based information and data related to climate change through the application of innovative ideas, technologies and methodologies in the field of media, journalism, and communication at large;
- communicate the threats and opportunities posed by the climate change challenge using multiple languages and innovative mediums, including journalism, art, videos and music;
- trigger action in the audiences addressed, including students, consumers, businesses and politicians.
The CMCC Climate Change Communication Award honours the memory of the artist Rebecca Ballestra, who was committed to shaping a sustainable future and promoting positive transformation processes in the fields of science, humanities, economy, ecology and art.
Rebecca Ballestra, visual artist, was born in Sanremo (Italy) in 1974. She graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Florence and studied at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Granada (Spain). Since 1994, her artwork has been showcased at international venues, public and private exhibitions, museums, galleries, and art fairs and is part of both public and private collections.
She was awarded several international prizes in Europe, Asia and the USA, and participated in symposiums at Boston University (USA), Maraya Art Center (UAE), University of Hull (UK), Xiamen University (China), PROG Zentrum (Switzerland), University of Genoa (Italy), and Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan).
Rebecca Ballestra lived and worked as a nomad visiting around 65 countries and making travel her main instrument of investigation. She focused her work on reprocessing and resetting social, political and environmental themes and synthesizing the ethno-cultural codes which she had investigated during her travels and numerous artist-in-residence programs.
Through photography, installations, site-specific art, performances and videos, Rebecca Ballestra produced trans-disciplinary projects, which emphasize environmental and social aspects, like in the two-year long project Journey into Fragility (2012-14): this art production was oriented towards the perception of the future in relation to climate change and multiple human interventions in the natural environment.
In 2016, Rebecca Ballestra launched together with Ca’Foscari University of Venice the first edition of the Festival for the Earth – sustainable visions in art and science, a forum for innovative ideas and approaches to preserve the diversity of our planet and improve our fragile co-existence with it. International guests from the academic and public realm were invited to the four editions of the Festival for the Earth (2016-2019) to discuss achievable models for responsible living on Earth. The CMCC Foundation collaborated with the artist as a partner in the 2018 edition of the Festival.
Rebecca Ballestra also worked on the long-term project Echoes of the Void, investigating the geological, cultural, spiritual and environmental meaning of the world’s wastelands.
Andrea Mameli, blog Linguaggio Macchina, June 23, 2021