Climate’s War On Italy And The World

Italy is experimenting the effects of climate change on our microclimate. Fallen buildings, floods and deaths are only some of the results.

In 2001, the United Nations declared the 6th November to be the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. It is a fundamental day to discuss about climate change.

News for over a week have updated Italians that schools have closed, as water is overflowing everywhere. We only need to look at Venice’s current state – buildings are falling and only in the last few days emergency status has been declared in Veneto, Piedmont and Lazio along other Italian regions. The Mediterranean peninsula has observed all kinds of damages caused by this climate crisis.

Italy’s sustainable steps on climate are not enough

Italy has taken sustainable steps. GreenItaly 2018, Symbola Foundation and Unioncamere in collaboration with Conai e Novamont’s 9th report, highlighting Italy’s sustainable successes with the patronage of the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land, and Sea Protection. Within the European Union indeed, Italy is first in reducing emissions in the atmosphere and second after the United Kingdom in energy consumption for product unit. In the last four years, one out of four Italian companies has invested or plan to invest in sustainable choices to reduce emissions, reduce its carbon footprint, and save energy. Recycling is strong as well with 79 percent of Italian trash sent to recycle, twice the European average (38 percent). All these steps are working towards the year 2025, or better said, the date set by the EU to improve environmental standards and lower emissions by 50 percent by 2050 and reach zero by 2060 – 2075. Italy may have done a decent job so far, but to decrease climatic effects the workload is larger and global.

The Italian critical weather is the perfect example that we have been for far too long ignoring the signs or acting agreements have been failing, starting from the Kyoto Protocol in the ’70s to the recent Paris Agreement. Today, celebrating this international day, we are describing a snake biting his own tail. If war leads to exploitation of the environment, a damaging environment will lead to war. Possibly not in Italy, but in other countries and everyone will feel the repercussions.

Greenhouse Effect, War Effect

This thought has been backed with data and debated by Italian diplomat and writer Grammenos Mastrojeni, in his book “Greenhouse Effect, War Effect” stating that climate change is pressuring more wars to erupt. For example, food shortages and other consequences of a lacking environment bring people to look for resources elsewhere. Communities move to search for water and lack of proper agriculture leads to more hunger in the world and more people in third world countries to search for ways to survive, finding an ultimate profitable resource in illegal jobs, as gunrunning. Immigration has increased due to people coming from places where environmental disasters has caused indescribable damage making it impossible for these people to have a safe home.

Italians can be glad that our State is taking steps to improve the Earth’s state as observed in the report. However, the job is collective and not all countries, as the developing ones, can uptake this job due to other more pressuring issues, as war, and the immense costs.

Spread the word

At least climate change is being spoken about in the media to the point that it sounding redundant. The world is full of conferences, books, and articles on climate change.  The internet is a black hole of solutions to reduce our carbon footprint. Yet, the issue remains the same: our forma mentis or worldview.

This redundant communication on climate change should help misinformed and climate deniers. Although, deniers I do not justify. Science has proved that climate change is here to affect our own cities. Period. Our planet is sending all the signs, so let’s inform ourselves, our neighbours, and let’s take responsibility for the damage we cause(d). Let’s use this immense access to internet for a better use. Hopefully, as governments bring forward wider solutions and become more sustainable, we can also spread awareness and take tiny steps.

So begin by sharing this article with a friend. Yes, you reader, so that next time you go buy those plastic cups for a party, you might remember to buy those that are recyclable. One tiny step at the time, leading to a bigger one, to preserve this beautiful planet in which we live in.