“GEOPOLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE”
Today, more than ever the struggle against Climate Change and, more in general, against the Ecological Crisis is experiencing a phase that is critical for its subsequent evolution. On the one hand, there is a growing global awareness of the deterioration of natural resources caused by humans (increasing number of ecological movements, intensity and frequency of international events on the topic, increasing investments in renewables etc ...). On the other hand, the global geopolitical scenario seems to row against this growing will that wants to support a sustainable economic and social system. Will the recent international agreements (Paris and Marrakech) bring a strong acceleration in the fight against Climate Change? How can Mr. Trump effectively damage the effectiveness of these agreements? What can other countries do? Giuseppe Onufrio, Executive Director of Greenpeace Italia answered to these and other questions.
“30 YEARS LOST!!!”
Anthropogenic Climate change (caused by humans) is an extremely dangerous phenomenon for our survival and the health of our planet. It is a "fast" and "unnatural" phenomenon. The ecosystem cannot follow its pace with adverse consequences on biodiversity and soil health. Yet It is a well-known phenomenon (its roots come back to the studies of Svante Arrhenius, Nobel prize for Chemistry) with a sound scientific and political consensus (starting back at least 30 years ago, with the Rio de Janeiro agreements in 1992, to which 154 countries joined). Nevertheless, to date, little has been done to fight it. Will the two latest international Climate Change conferences (Paris 2015 - Cop21 - and Marrakech 2016 - COP22) succeed in boosting and accelerating our actions against Climate Change? Will renewables replace fossil fuels? What about Italy? Who belongs to the task of fighting Climate Change: to citizens or to institutions? Luca Mercalli, climatologist, Climate Change activist, and founder of the magazine “Nimbus”, answered these and other questions.
SICILY’S BIODIVERSITY ACCOUNT FOR 50% OF ITALY’S. LET’S PROTECT IT!
Preserving agricultural biodiversity. This is one of the most important acts for next generations… And this is what is trying to do a group of farmers, academics, researchers, and even chefs in Sicily. They have founded the non-profit organization, “Simenza – Cumpagnìa Siciliana Sementi Contadine”, a regional network of people and organizations promoting the protection and enhancement of Sicily’s agricultural biodiversity. Not only Simenza protects biodiversity! It is also a new organizational model, which empowers small farmers. Why biodiversity of plants is so important for Sicily, Italy and the whole world? Why is consensus towards Simenza gaining momentum in Italy? What kind of advantages does Simenza offer to members and to Sicily’s territory? Giuseppe Li Rosi, Chairman of Simenza, answered to these and other questions.
Climate Change, crisis of resources and the development of a circular sustainable economy. These are some of the most impending and important challenges of the world. In facing them, we must not confine ourselves to the debate on energy (renewables vs fossils). We must take into account an extremely important element: the role of the building sector. Currently, this sector makes up almost half of European energy consumption and is responsible for 1/3 of the waste and 40% of greenhouse gas emissions of the continent. According to The Europian Union vision, starting from 2021 all new buildings must be energy-efficient (with "almost zero" consumption of energy) and by 30 April 2017 each Member State shall submit to Europe its strategy for building requalification, fossil fuels reductions and CO2 emissions cutting. In order to really create smart cities, a circular and sustainable economic system, we must first face the challenge of sustainable construction; and this is what is doing (with success) the Green Building Council, by promoting culture, information and certification systems (e.g., LEED and GBC) on the topic. But what does sustainable building mean? What are its main challenges? What is LEED certification? Gianni Silvestrini, chairman of Green Building Council Italy, answered to these and other questions.
The word “Sustainability” is gaining increasing importance in the global agenda and in the international debates on economic growth and development. Sustainability, however, does not concern just agricultural, manufacturing, energy and building companies. Logistics companies, too, are becoming increasingly sensitive to this thematic. But what is exactly sustainable logistics? What its main challanges? In particular, what are the challenges faced by the logistics sector in Italy? Daniele Testi, Chairman of SOS-Log (Association for Sustainable Logistics), answered to these and other questions.