Reporting from our Front
With the support of our Partners
Aquafil, Bad Heilbrunner Naturheilmittel, BB-Lightconcepts, City of Venlo, Drees & Sommer, Gebrüder Hörner Bauschutztechnik, Gessner, GKR, Hamburger Umweltinstitut e.V., Hydrokulturen, Heidelberg Cement, Kubix, LIAG architects and building advisors, Nusser Systembau, Philips Lighting, Schüco International, Steelcase, Stiftungsfonds für Umweltökonomie und Nachhaltigkeit (SUN), Tarkett, Thoma, Werner&Mertz, Wienerberger
Team: Michael Braungart, Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, Cedric Wintraecken, Florence Girod, Katharina Kraus, Sebastian Stottele, Yves-Pierre Panzer, Sabine Rauch, Thomas Klings
The conflict in Syria has caused millions of refugees to leave their homes and flee to Europe and other safe parts of the world. Europe’s response has revealed cracks in its foundation of solidarity, cooperation and unity. What did we learn from our history? The solution needs more than bureaucracy and rules to overcome fear and feelings of distrust. Every day, now and in the future, we want to fight for human rights and humane conditions for all of us. Europe has the resources and capacity to continue to be a safe place for people in need.
Whatever our cultural backgrounds might be, we all desire to live in a safe and healthy environment. When you question the human right to live in a safe environment, people become angry and greedy. If people feel safe, accepted and valued, they are always kind and generous – even the poorest of the poor. Respecting people and looking at what they can do, instead of what they cannot, increases their contribution to society and their dignity at the same time.
This is why it is so important to celebrate our human footprint and live by a positive agenda. Cradle to Cradle stands for a society that celebrates our possibilities, inventiveness, and diversity.
You too can make a positive change: celebrate your positive human footprint! Only then will we be able to bring the humanity back and say: “Welcome to the planet, how wonderful that you are here!”
In a small gesture of solidarity and in recognition of their forgotten suffering, the 7 million grams of local soil that has been used in this exhibition represent each of the displaced people in Syria who were forced to flee their homes. The soil is intended to be transformed into real human footprints until the end of the Biennale. You are invited to leave your footprint behind!