Dives Marmoribus Tellus
The world’s most valuable marble has been quarried in Carrara for two thousand years. But is it still sustainable?
carbonate to make toothpaste, paint, fertilizer, paper and more. Critics such as the Italian association Legambiente point out that more marble has been extracted in the last 30 years than in the last 2,000, and that “the protection of the Apuan Alps is seriously threatened by anthropogenic pressure.” Wealthy entrepreneurs ensure that they operate with sustainability in mind and invest in social projects linked to the local area. Carrara needs this: the marble capital of the world is (paradoxically) an increasingly poor, empty and unemployed city.