The Venice Climate Lab (VCL) is a group of researchers and professionals dedicated to raising awareness about climate change and sustainability through the organization and promotion of events at the intersection of art and climate science.
VCL considers art and creativity fundamental for connecting human feelings to the urgent problem of climate change. The organization wants to use these tools to build opportunities for the local community and international visitors in Venice so that they can learn more about climate science, climate change and its effect on humans, all living species and the environment.
VCL operates mainly in the city of Venice, Italy, and its surroundings, not only because VCL members come from this area, but also because Venice is a global symbol of fragile coastal environments threatened by rising sea levels and a climate change hotspot in the Mediterranean.
Venice is also an example of centuries of interaction and continuous adaptation between humans and nature, a delicate equilibrium, which made the city rich in history, culture, art, and beauty. Today Venice is not only a World Heritage Site threatened by climate change, it is above all a city that lives, maintaining its identity and continuing its adaptation.
VCL sees Venice as a representative in the fight against climate change, for the many other coastal cities in the world, equally famous or less. Venice is a place that can make use of its ancient history and peculiar present, to host a laboratory of ideas, where to discuss, envision and create.
VCL is organizing a main event called “Climate Days”, which will take place in Venice on September 28, 29 and 30, 2017. The event is planned as follows: