A story of blue skies

A story of blue skies

I used to live in a small city in the Veneto Region, a region that has one of the highest levels of air pollution in Europe. On the television they speak of smog derived from car transport… but they rarely speak of other causes.

In the past, industrial pollution might have been accused, but so many industries have closed over the past twenty years, with companies moving to countries in Eastern Europe and of course, China.

So why is air pollution so high in Treviso, in a small city surrounded by countryside?

The entire Veneto Region has considerably changed scenery over the past fifteen years owing to European funds available to the wine industry. Until recently only a tiny percentage of these wineries were of organic production. The production of “non-alternative” wineries is still employing pesticides with a vengeance, with up to 24 treatments per year. (Fortunately this situation is destined to diminish in the near future with increased European funds dedicated to organic production.)

But another environmental problem has been almost entirely ignored, the complex question of geoengineering, ie. modification & manipulation of the earth’s natural weather processes.
The Environmental Modification Convention was signed in 1978.

Notwithstanding international laws we bear daily witness to weather manipulation…

Here, we’re speaking of a highly controversial subject, but also increasingly documented by various organisms and associations concerned for human health and the environment. Up until recently the NASA totally defied the existence of chemicals emitted by military and commercial aircraft, but of late they have admitted to their existence on more than one occasion.

The above photographs are from the exhibition “Il Cielo che Parla” (Skies that Speak) exhibited in Treviso, January 2017. The following quote was written by the art critic Chiara Pozzobon:

“Between 1889-91 Monet painted his series of the Haystacks, repeatedly portraying the same subject in different times of the day and year to study the effects of the weather, and particularly the effects of sunlight on color.
In 2017 Lyn Hungerford proposes a series of images that show the same building in different times of the day, a building that is a symbol of the city of Treviso, but also a symbol of man and the consequences derived from the hand of man. In reality, the repeated subject is only seemingly the skyscraper, because on closer observation the ever-present element is another. The building and the seasons are merely a pretext to show a matter that normally slips our attention. The aspect that Lyn confronts us with is not only a study of the sun’s light in different times of the day or the year, but a physical phenomenon generated by man, the same man that built the skyscraper. Furthermore she shows other images, some immersed amongst nature, and others featuring aircraft, a means of escape from this sad and polluted environment, but paradoxically the cause of the pollution itself. The result, in any case, is the same: the subject of the photographs screams incessantly of its untiring presence. The images are a study of humanity, and not of the beauty of nature and its forms.”

Copious documentation provided by the Italian Physicist, Corrado Penna, was available during the exhibition, backing up the message from a scientific point of view.

Returning to our home in Treviso, this photograph was taken from the kitchen window. When the situation gets this bad, the only thing that comes to mind is to “escape”…

So we decided to take a short trip to Sardinia… but little did we realize…Unfortunately this was the result of our trip…
From the moment we arrived to Sardinia, we found “dirty” skies… they were bluer than the skies of Treviso, but they were still scarred with chemtrails… when we arrived to Elmas airport the sky had already been sprayed for hours, with skies taking on the characteristic milky white color… under the umbrellas at Poetto beach the scenery was not much better. Flying back home the sky was in an even sadder state with the smoke from serious fires in central Sardinia accentuating the air pollution above and below.

The moral of this story is that today you can’t really go anywhere to escape…

The only thing we CAN do is to request constant information, and to monitor and document the current situation, in the hopes of increased awareness towards nurturing the health of our Planet.

Lynn Hungerford

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