A diver part of the Ocean Reef Team emerge from the Nemo's Garden holding a torch after having harvested the tobacco plants inside the biosphere number 2.

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Nemo's Garden

Giacomo d'Orlando | Italy, Italy

According to the IPCC, the desertification brought by climate change in recent years has already extensively reduced agricultural productivity in many regions of the world. Agriculture makes up for 70% of freshwater use worldwide. Current population projections predict a population of 10 billion by the end of the century, creating an additional 2 billion mouths to feed. It is urgent, then, to find an alternative method of cultivati to ensure an ecologically sustainable future. This scenario perfectly fits Nemo’s Garden: the first underwater greenhouses of terrestrial plants in the world. This completely self-sustainable project represent an alternative farming system particularly dedicated to those areas where environmental or geo-morphological conditions make the growth of plants almost impossible. The microclimate and thermal conditions within the biospheres are optimal for plant growth and crop yields. The encouraging results of the last years, where more than 40 different species of plants have been successfully cultivated, give us hope that we have found a sustainable agricultural system that will help us to tackle the new challenges brought by climate change.

Giacomo d’Orlando is an Italian documentary photographer who is currently based in Verona. He began career as an advertising photographer in 2011, but in 2015 he decided to move to Nepal and then Peru in order to enter the world of photojournalism. For the next three years, he worked alongside several local NGOs, focusing mainly on social issues. From 2018 to 2020 he lived in both Australia and New Zealand. This inspired him to concentrate on the environment, with particular attention to the possible future scenarios caused by climate change. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, El Pais, Paris Match, Geo France, De Volkskrant, D-La Repubblica and Mare Magazin, among others. Today his work looks at how the increasing pressures brought about by climate change are reshaping the planet and how present-day society is reacting to the new challenges that will characterise our future.

Giacomo d’Orlando

phone number: +39 3408499329

Instagram Account: @giacomo_dorlando

Website: www.giacomodorlando.com

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