Panel Discussion Forestry Conservation
Villa Bardini, Firenze
“Humanism”, born roughly half a millennium ago, refers to a set of social, artistic, and philosophical perspectives broadly based upon the egalitarian aims of widespread learning, intellectual freedom, and individual expression with a substantial revaluation of the human being as the pivot of the universe.
The ‘Renewed Humanism’ of The Club of Fiesole investigates and extends those thought processes to the current context of the Anthropocene. In this new geophysical epoch, all human, biological and terrestrial systems are defined by deep states of stress and fragility catalyzed primarily by human activity.
Man can no longer afford to be the centre of the universe but must be part of a harmonious system for a sustainable future of the entire ecosystem.
As viewed through the ‘Fiesole lens’, the way forward is via the routes described by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes empowering women and disadvantaged peoples; eliminating war and poverty, and creating universal access to food, water and energy; and reversing climate change and ecosystem destruction.
When we speak of humanism and the Renaissance, we must think of Florence and how this city was, for centuries, at the centre of artistic and cultural debate, forever marking the face of an era.
The idea of starting from this city to lay the foundations of a new humanism conveys the objectives of the Club of Fiesole even more strongly, giving it that emotional boost that cannot be lacking when you want to do something great.
Florence, Fiesole and this entire beautiful territory can relive the glory of the Renaissance by once again becoming the point of reference in a period of climate change, where we are all called upon to respond to global challenges.