Oung Generations And Climatechange: Howmuchaware Are They?

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An interview to Federico Brocchieri, 22 years old, representative of the Youth section of the association Italian Climate Network (partner of the international campaign Global Power Shift, which connects and catalyze worldwide powerful national movements calling for bold climate action). 

Federico, why do you think it is so important to arise awareness across young generations about so complex and crucial issues,  such as climate change and global warming ?

We all know that environmental issues are crucial both nowadays and in the longer term: young generations, as citizens and inheritors of our planet, are called for tacking action now. There are two good reasons for that: on the one hand, we are a source of innovation and new ideas, so we are in a certainsense the “engine” that can change the current status, butwe are alsocitizens, so wehavecertainrightsthatweshould be aware of, and fighting for them.

Are youngergenerationsaware of that, in your opinion, and ifnot, which are the mainobstacleswhichpreventthat?

Awarenessis a matter of education and in myperception, itvaries a lot from country to country: the Italian educational system, especially in primary or secondayschool, doesn’t focus toomuchattention on it and thisiscrucial. Schoolingprogrammesshould be, in my opinion, more tailored in thissense. Consequences of exagerategreenhousegasesemissions are notclearlyperceived by youngpeople and media are oftenmisleading in givinginformationsaboutit. Let me makingoneexample: the phenomenon of “global warming”, ifnotwellexplained, can be misleading: whenyouexperiencecold and rainywinters and youhearabout a global increase in temperatures, youdon’tbelieve in that. Youshould be explainedhow and why the twothings are connected. Sometimesit can be misleading. And thisleadsimmediately to negationism, the thirdproblem: welisten to peoplethatsaysthat global warmingdoesn’texist, or thatitexistsbutitisbeneficial to us, or thatitexists, butthatitisalreadytoo late to act.

 

You are going to participate to the COP21 in Lima, thisyear, the 2014 UN Conference of the Parties.   Whichwill be yourrolethere?

I will be one of the youngpeopleselectedas “NegotiatorTrackers” from the GCCA, (Global Call for Climate Action) a network of more than 450 nonprofitorganizations, formed in 2008 in Copenhagen from the conversationsbetweeninternationally-respectedcampaigners and advocatesrepresentingenvironmental, development, and social justiceNGO’s (See more at: http://tcktcktck.org/about#sthash.nhYfbr2T.dpuf). My rolewill be to interact and report news to GCCA and to allactivistsaround the world in the clearest and simplest ways aspossible, asdecisionstakenduring the COPs are not of immediate comprehension for everyone. Hopefully, I willhandle in particular with the ItalianOfficersdelegation, thatthisyear, beingalso in charge of the Presidency of the EU Council, takes on a veryimportantrole in the COP20.

What are yourcommentsabout the recent 2030 EU Framework on Climate& Energy ? Whatwereyourexpectations and havetheybeenfullfilled?

Italian media wouldsay : “The decisionshavebeenweak. I don’tconsiderthisagreementas a totaldisaster. Some goalshaveimproved, althoughtheycould be higher. Itseemsthat EU politiciansrefrainedfrom settingthem so high thattheycouldreachstrickingresults. The languageused in EU press reports themselves, for instance, isprudent. Let’sconsiderETS market: some decisionshasbeentoo “shy”, let’ssay, allcountriesseem to wait for others to do the first step. The mainpriorityseemsstill to be securingenergysupply in the short termatthe expenses of the long term. For instance, in terms of gas supply. I wonderifthisis a positive sign, because of the dismissal of carbon use, or a negative sign, sinceitdefers the attention from renewablesources. Scientists are clearlywarningthatthinking in terms of energysupply security onlyisn’tpossibleanymore