Fridays For Future: movement protests are back

TO almost 5 and a half years after the first one Climate strike Of Fridays for the future, war and pandemic later, young people are again demonstrating in the streets for “climate resistance”, the movement’s new slogan. From Turin to Palermo via Rome, in all the main Italian cities the streets and squares are packed they are clamoring to take drastic action once and for all to save the human species and with it our planet as we know it today

Compared to the past, today one word stands out in the movement: resistance. Alessandro, an activist of the movement, explains its meaning and reports to “The phase we are going through in Italy is critical. An ever stronger mobilization must come from civil society that must materialize into real resistance.”

According to the “Zero Carbon Policy Agenda” of the Energy & Strategic Management School of the Polytechnic of Milan, in fact, Italy will miss its 2030 target of 110 million tonnes of CO2.

Our country will probably only be able to save 44 million tons of CO2 which is ¼ of what it should be. This has a direct consequence the inability to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 both for our country and for the European continent.

Among other things, last September also becomes one of the record months in terms of high temperatures: an average temperature of 16.38°C was recorded. Experts called it an “unprecedented anomaly”. This is reported by Copernicus, the center for climate change, with this bulletin Surface air temperature for September 2023 | Copernicus, adding that for the current calendar year, from January to September, the global average temperature for 2023 is 1.40°C higher than the average of the pre-industrial era 1850-1900.

So we are very, very close to the limit the experts are talking about: 1.50°C

During the demonstration Fridays for the future Activists presented demands to the government: “a stand against the mineral industries, the discontinuation of the Mattei plan for Africa and more transparency in the Pnrr funds earmarked for environmental and territorial protection”.

One thing is clear: young people will continue to fight for a better future. Awaiting COP28, however, the question of resolution remains the same: will the world choose to accelerate on the renewable energy front?

Federica Gasbarro works with The Wom independently and is in no way associated with the advertisements that may appear in this content.

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