"(...) In a time when there is an overabundance of information and a profusion of debates and reasoning, satire and comic books are able to capture and reduce stories to a manageable size that we might otherwise be unaware of, and to highlight contradictions that habit has made us blind to. I will take the opportunity here in this book to start with the contradictions, but those into which at times even environmentalism falls. Because, if environmentalism wishes to share diagnosis and criticism with satire, and if it wishes to avoid becoming one of those "ideas that wither away and die without even offering a greeting" in the "Italian night" of Ivano Fossati, it must also be able to offer feasible solutions (...)"
Ermete Realacci, Honorary President of Legambiente
The book hits its target in the bull's eye because "satire and comic-books", writes Ermete Realacci in the presentation, "are able to capture and reduce stories to a manageable size that we might otherwise be unaware of, and to highlight contradictions that habit has made us blind to".
The hope of the book is that a new form of presentation – one appreciated by the young – can bring the theme of the environment closer to the reader and stimulate new commitment for an ecologically sustainable future.
The book is aimed at a broad public, young and adult, those who have a particular penchant for comic books, satire and social commitment.
Maccheariachefa - Fumetti e satira in difesa dell'ambiente is part of the collection International Lectures on Nature and Human Ecology. A series of editions that offer the possibility of focusing, with the help of scientists, naturalists and philosophers, on the system of relationships that links man and nature. It is, in fact, increasingly obvious that evolution is not possible without nature, and it is exactly in the context of the new science, qualitative and probabilistic, that the undeniable value of natural as opposed to synthetic production and genetic modification is strengthened. The purpose of this collection is to give voice to the avant-garde lines of thought that deal with these subjects in an international perspective. It intends to help us understand a little more of the relationship between our species and the environment in which we live and therefore to help blaze the trail towards a future different from what we now glimpse in the horizon.
Claudio A. Colombo, advertising journalist, has worked for years at the Società Umanitaria in Milan. An avid fan of comic books, he has edited Totò modo. Grafica Satira e Fumetto (1999), Alla garibaldina. Vignette, disegni e illustrazioni per l’Eroe dei Due Mondi (2008). He was also the force behind Cielo di piombo. Fumetti e satira contro l’inquinamento and Maldaria (2004), of which Maccheariachefa is the final, revised and corrected compendium. As a researcher, he authorised the series of centenaries of the Società Umanitaria, editing two editions: Spazio ai caratteri. L’Umanitaria e la Scuola del Libro (2005, with Massimo della Campa) and Una Casa per gli Emigranti.1907, Milano, l'Umanitaria e i servizi per l'emigrazione (2007). An untiring collector of contemporary declarations and bon mots, he has also published La grande ammucchiata (1998) and Deputati a far ridere (2000).