Peat and peat bogs are the most efficient ecosystem to fix and accumulate atmosphere carbon but are one of the least researched, according to the Chilean pavilion which opened last week at the Venice Biennal.
The Chilean display is called Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol and underlines the properties of peat bogs and the need for conservation precisely because of its conditions.
The project is the result of a competition organized by the Chilean Culture and Arts ministry and proposes a joint effort of the arts, science and traditional knowledge promoting research and the ecological transition to a more livable and cared for environment.
Patagonia peat bogs are the protagonists of this edition of the Venice Biennal. We hope they become an invitation for reflection and awareness as to caring for ecosystems and effects on climate change. We value the support from the arts, in complicity with other areas of human development, plus the vision of the indigenous peoples, with the purpose of sensitizing, making visible and collaborating in the mitigation the toxic consequences of contamination, said Diego Garcia head of Magallanes Cultures Department.
Hol-Hol Tol means the 'heart of peat bogs' in selknam tongue of the aboriginal inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego and part of Patagonia.
The project is a scientific experience which invites to immerse in the landscape of the south of the continent, particularly in peat bogs, the most efficient system to fix and accumulate atmosphere carbon precisely in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.
Peat bogs play a crucial role in helping to regulate global climate. They absorb more carbon than forests, which makes them one of the most valuable ecosystems of the planet, explained Garcia..
The Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol” brings together a multidiscipline group of Chilean creators, historians, film makers, architects, sound experts and the Selknam Saye Cultural Foundation.