Capitalism. No other words in the economic field have been so widely used and discussed. Since its birth (1850), this economic model has been criticized by many activists. They say: it leads to a significant loss of political, democratic and economic power for the vast majority of the global human population, due to the large concentrations of money and property at the hands of a relatively small minority of people. Some other activists, economists and scientists say: capitalism is the root-cause of climate change and the wider ecological crisis.
Recently the term “Anthropocene Era” has conquered the pages of many newspapers and scientific magazines. The fact that Mankind, with its technological progress, has the power to change the destiny of planet earth is without doubt. If our planet is now at risk, the problem does not lie in technological progress itself. The problem is the way technological progress is used.
Today the Internet, social media, and mobile communications are becoming an essential part of our life. Most of our daily activities (from waking up, to getting to the office and working activities) make a large use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT). It is a matter of fact that ICT, with its ever-more sophisticated devices, is changing the way we live, the way we consume resources, relate to the world and interact with each other and society at large. In one word, it’s making our life ever-more ‘connected.’
A referendum on oil and natural gas drilling is to be held in Italy on April 17, 2016. There is a huge amount of information available on the media, but little of it seems to clarify what is actually at stake. What happens if I vote ‘Yes?’ What if I vote ‘No?’ The answer is not very clear yet. The referendum proposes to repeal the law that allows oil drilling concessions extracting Hydrocarbon within 12 nautical miles of the Italian coast to be prolonged until the exhaustion of the useful life of the fields. ‘Yes-supporters’ don’t want to miss the opportunity to put an end on such dangerous drillings. On the contrary, ‘No-supporters’ argue that such offshore drillings help Italy satisfy its energy requirement and bring several jobs. Why should you vote 'Yes?' What’s the landscape of Italy’s offshore drilling sector? Are such offshore drilling platforms really strategic for Italy’s energy system? Giuseppe Onufrio, Executive Director of Greenpeace Italy, answered to these and other questions.
Today we are with Danny Dorling again. Author of several books and articles on social issues, Danny has recently published two interesting books that investigate with deep details the thematic of ‘inequality’ (Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists) and on the effects of Politics on people happiness (A Better Politics: How Government Can Make Us Happier). According to Danny, Inequality, happiness, politics and sustainable economy are four strongly related subjects. Let’s see why...