Science, politics, businesses and young generations met today in the Senate of the Republic, and with a unanimous voice they spoke of climate change, each from their own perspective, to send a common message: it is time to act concretely and quickly.
The President of CMCC Antonio Navarra participated in the meeting organized by President Casellati with speeches by Greta Thunberg, Enrico Giovannini (Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development), Carlo Carraro (EAERE President and Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice), Daniela Ducato (Edizero green industry), Chiara Falduto and Federico Mascolo (www.duegradi.eu).
“We don’t want your selfies, but our hopes and our dreams”. The young generations who look at the climate have the face and words of Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swede from whom the global movement of students took to the streets to raise awareness of adults, especially politicians and those who have the power to to make decisions. On the eve of the Italian climate strike scheduled for Friday, April 19, the young activist goes straight to the point in front of the crowd that crowds Sala Koch in Palazzo Madama: “We are stealing the future”, says Greta, continuing her appeal to listen to science for be aware and “firmly believe in the solutions we have available”.
NAVARRA: “We act together: hope cannot be a strategy”
The appeal to science is repeated several times, especially the invitation to listen to the knowledge we have available because “hope cannot be a strategy” underlines Antonio Navarra, President of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC) Foundation. “We scientists analyze the numbers that tell us how the climate changes,” continues Navarra. “By doing this work we have understood very well that the climate is not an immutable scenario of history, it is rather an actor who is with us on the same stage.” The climate interacts with our societies, with our economies, with the environment, it is a very vast problem, for which we have put the planet in an exceptional condition and therefore something extraordinary is happening.
CARRARO: “How much does it cost? No more fossil fuels”
In the last 30 years we have produced the highest CO2 concentration of the century, a situation that generates damages that cost, only in 2018, about 190 billion dollars, a figure that, only for Italy, is between 6 and 7 billions a year. These are estimates reported by Carlo Carraro, President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) and professor of the Ca ’Foscari University of Venice. How much does it cost to face the situation? “Science provides innovative technology at sustainable costs,” continues Carraro, explaining that we can no longer say that the solutions are too expensive: the estimates tell us that it would be enough to move the subsidies to fossil fuels to renewables to get us on the right path. “Young people are right when they tell us to hurry – concludes Carraro – we must start now to limit CO2, otherwise we will not be credible”.
Beautiful and fragile Italy: but don’t call it bad luck
The images of the destroyed forests of Veneto, of flood damage and other natural disasters are before our eyes. “But it is not a matter of bad luck,” warns Senate President Elisabetta Casellati, it is rather the result of the combination of neglect and extreme events that are increasing as a result of the warming of the planet. “The causes of this situation reside more and more in the inaction, or in a wrong or late action”, continues the President before underlining that Italy, beautiful and fragile by geographical location and territorial variety, needs to work both on international plan than in local actions. “So far our efforts are too small, insufficient, with respect to the challenge – concludes Casellati identifying the way out towards the union between innovation and tradition, the two ways to make contemporaneity sustainable.
18 April 2019, Sala Koch, Palazzo Madama.
The works were opened by Senate President Elisabetta Casellati. attended by Greta Thunberg, the founder and spokesperson of the Enrico Giovannini Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development; the President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) Carlo Carraro; the President of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) Antonio Navarra; Daniela Ducato, entrepreneur and referent Edizero Green Industry; Chiara Falduto and Federico Mascolo, co-founders of www.duegradi.eu.