The lake is a slow-motion ecosystem, where water is exchanged slowly and pollution and waste accumulate, compromising the entire ecosystem.
In the summer of 2019, Federica dived into the waters of Lake Garda, where, with the help of some experienced divers, she carried out a symbolic clean-up relay, collecting plastic bottles, cans and bags, to deliver them to the children waiting for her on the boat.
The great lakes have always been rich and fertile environments, yet the crowding of their shores and the illegal dumping of polluted waters are threatening the entire lake ecosystem.
Although it is not immediately obvious, lakes also suffer from the damage caused by human activity. Pollution of lakes occurs in different ways to that of rivers or seas: the absence of strong currents, the large quantity of water and its slow turnover tend to concentrate contamination where it occurs, leaving debris and waste to settle on the lake bottom. The effect of slow dilution means that lake pollution is perceived much more slowly than with rivers, for example.
Behind the scenes of Trajectory 3
“Children are our best allies. They can understand the importance of the problem and can also convince grandparents and parents to behave in a more respectful way. And to think that my parents taught me from an early age not to pollute… People don’t realise that even an absent-minded gesture of theirs is only making an already critical situation even worse.”