nr 39 (2020)


The issue of the HERITO quarterly devoted to the relationship between man and nature. Developed in exceptional conditions, between an epidemic, a fire in the Biebrza National Park, and the forecasts of a summer drought, it made us even more aware of the need for contact not only with other people, but also with pure nature.

”The world is too much with us; late and soon, / Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;— / Little we see in Nature that is ours” – wrote the English poet William Wordsworth at the height of the Industrial Revolution, disillusioned with the world and the smoke of rampant modernity that kept seizing ever larger stretches of land. We face similar challenges now, but with a much greater awareness of change and, above all, of its inevitability. The climate crisis imposes many questions and makes us think deeply about the essence of the relationship between human and nature, as well as the interpenetration of both worlds. We have become accustomed to treating nature instrumentally, exploiting its resources as if they were to remain inexhaustible, and at the same time turning to it in difficult moments, seeking consolation. The “Green” issue of “Herito” is an attempt to look at mutual relations while giving up the anthropocentric perspective. The “Green” heritage, which consists not only of flora and fauna, but also of art and architecture inspired by it, requires additional care today. The Doomsday Clock is about to strike midnight and only radical solutions can turn it back.


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