INVASIVE SPECIES. Less waste and more mountains

21.06.2014 - 21.09.2014

Inauguration: friday, June 20, 2014, 5:00 p.m

Travelling exhibition by Alpenverein Südtirol
First stage: Museum of Nature South Tyrol

Climbers, hikers and cyclists complain when they find rubbish in the mountains, but then half of them leave more themselves. After spending many years gathering waste in the mountains and raising awareness about the issue, Alpenverein Südtirol (the South Tyrol Alpine Club) has decided to adopt a new strategy: for two summers, the members of the Nature and Environment group have collected rubbish in the local area. However, this time they did not put it in black bags. The “waste collectors” began to record what they gathered, such as plastic bottles and beer cans. Where were they found? Have they been a familiar sight in these places for a long time? If not, they are “invasive species”, as biologists call flora and fauna that spread in a new area.

A number of examples can be seen in the “Invasive Species” exhibition, including “Pyxis metallica” and “Lagona plastica”. Everyone will spot items that they recognize, but in an unusual setting. Short films have been produced in the waste workshop to show the “collectors” at work. It is also possible to see objective data about the current distribution of the items. Children can have fun with waste memory and “touch box” games.

Open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm every day except Monday.
For information call (0039) 0471 412964
Admission free 

In association with the Provincial Environment Agency.