Nova: Saving Venice

The PBS show Nova centered on Venice this week in a show titled Saving Venice, exploring Mose and other ways that Venice is attempting to protect the city from high water. I learned some new things, getting to see just how wooden pilings were tamped into the lagoon mud to support the buildings. And did you know that Venice’s salt marshes, if they were healthy, could hold more vast amounts of CO2? If only the large ships going into Porto Marghera weren’t destroying them…. Most astonishing was the proposal to pump salt water deep under Venice into the aquifers, slowly raising the entire city.

While the show got a number of things right, I know that the story is much more complex than they showed. There was no mention, for example, of the corruption and delays that kept the Mose gates from being completed decades ago. And there was little time spent on the cruise ships and the vast damage they have done. Still, I hope that people will watch this program to gain a better understanding of the lagoon ecosystem and the urgency to protect it.

Watching this and hearing a story from a kiosk owner on the Zattere made me proud to have collected stories from Venetians who lived through the 2019 acqua alta in my book Venice Rising. Hearing first hand stories is essential to caring enough to make a difference.

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15 Responses to Nova: Saving Venice

  1. Rosemary Wilmot says:

    I have yet to view this as we have family here in the UK from Australia but will be watching as soon as I can.
    Interestingly I have not one hour ago been thinking about our contributors to Venice Rising and wondering how all of them are getting on . Maybe Venice Rising 3 years on May be worth a thought.
    Love Rosemary ❤️

    • I hope you have a lovely visit with your family! Hearing the stories of the flood again in this show reminded me of all that our Venetian friends lived through. I wish we had been able to include the story of the kiosk owner!

  2. Thanks Rita!

    did those Italiano squash produce?

    Love always, Edna

  3. Karen Cogan says:

    I watched it last night Kathleen. It was the best show I’ve ever seen explaining Venice’s challenge. They should find a way to bar all shipping traffic through that whole area. The one scene where Mose was having trouble lifting some sections felt like a scene from the movie Apollo 13!!!



    • Yes, that shipping traffic needs to be rerouted. I know, easier said than done, but it’s an obvious and vital solution. The groups No Grandi Navi and We are here Venice are both working towards this solution if you want to support them.

  4. Judy Dowell says:

    I’ve recorded it to watch later this week. Thanks for your comments on it.

  5. Thank you for the information. I missed the show, but will look for it online. Tanti saluti.

  6. I’ll be sure to look for the show online!

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