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“On the Trail of the Glaciers’”: Photography and Science Show the Effects of Climate Change

About 500 students from local schools came to the Enel headquarters in Rome to attend an exhibit by Fabiano Ventura. The project, sponsored by EGP, compares photographs of the Earth’s largest glaciers, some taken more than 100 years apart, showing their melting status. It’s a way to raise awareness and educate about climate change.

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In 2009, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Duca degli Abruzzi’s expedition to Karakorum, the photographer Fabiano Ventura began an adventure to visit Earth’s most important glaciers. The journey started from that same Asian mountain range, passing through the Caucasus, Alaska and arriving in the “deep South” of the world, the Tierra del Fuego and the Patagonian Andes, in 2016. Four expeditions, sponsored by EGP, to highlight the effects of climate change, comparing current pictures taken at these peaks with those taken by explorers at the turn of the twentieth century. These images confirm that global warming has provoked the melting of the glaciers, which in turn causes a rise in sea level.

The journey has been brought together in an exhibit called “On the Trail of the Glaciers”, held in the halls of the Enel Auditorium in Rome until 17 November. About 500 children and teenagers from Rome schools participating in the Play Energy project will visit the exhibit, which is accompanied by an interactive video installation by the artist Paolo Scoppola: a real sensory experience on weather.


Raising Public Awareness about Climate Change

The goal of this project, which is sponsored by the Macromicro Association and designed by Ventura, is to raise public awareness, especially in younger generations, about the topic of climate change. The communicative power of photographic comparison, together with the results of scientific research, help to develop greater awareness on the impact of human activities on the climate and environment. The project has been supported by Enel Green Power since its beginning.


“We’ve supported this project, which fits perfectly with our vision and our values, since 2008. Glaciers are essentially the planet’s thermometer, and they allow us to see the effects of climate change with our own eyes and understand the need to move society and the economy quickly toward so-called decarbonisation.”

– Michele Bologna – Head of Communications, Global Renewable Energies


The project was preceded by intense preliminary study and research, started in 2007, to find all the information, travel diaries, cartographies and images related to the historical expeditions in the historical archives. The fourth part of the “On the Trail of the Glaciers” project continued the photographic documentation started in the three previous expedition of the project, to further enrich the archive produced by Fabiano Ventura.


“We believe that the sustainability of our business is closely linked to the sustainability of the planet. This project could be the most important documentation of the Earth’s glaciers done using the technique of comparative photography, and is able to show the impact of human activities on climate change in an immediate, practical and measurable way. An effective way to help make us more aware and responsible.”

– Giovanni Tula – Head of Innovation & Sustainability, Global Renewable Energies


Moving toward an Expedition to the Italian Alps

Ventura’s expedition to the world’s highest peaks will come to an end in 2020 with the Italian, French and Swiss Alps. Before that, in 2018, the “On the Trail of the Glaciers” team will make a stop in the Himalayas. The real global challenge is cutting emissions to maintain the temperature increase under the threshold of 2°C, the goal of the Paris Agreement and of COP23, currently underway in Bonn.

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