Anselmi (Walden Lab), ‘Italians more worried about the future’

“The concern of Italians increases, compared to the past, on multiple fronts, first of all the environmental one: climate change and the destruction of biodiversity, but also on the social one, with the increase in inequalities, the increase in poverty and of course , as an effect of pandemic and war, the fear of new pandemics or new conflicts”. The president of Walden Lab Paolo Anselmi said this, citing the survey carried out by Walden Lab-Eumetra for the Solidarity Testament Committee entitled ‘The perception of the changes of the last 10 years and the orientation towards donations and solidarity bequests’, presented during the event ‘Making a difference, the role of bequests in the decade of great changes’.

The research shows that compared to 10 years ago, the world has become a worse place to live in: 43% of Italians think so. On the contrary, only 1 in 10 believes that it has improved. A disenchanted look which however also reveals a significant increase in awareness of climate change, which is the main concern (86%), followed by wars (84%) and global pandemics (83%). “There is a generally negative perception of the moment we are experiencing and the challenges we face,” explains Anselmi.

On the other hand, Italians think that solidarity is an excellent tool for improving the world: giving support to a good cause through a solidarity bequest (69%) or a generic monetary donation (66%). Almost 3 out of 10 Italians (28%) made a donation to a non-profit organization between January and May 2023. “There is a positive trend relating to the awareness of what each of us can do to contribute to solving problems. The willingness to commit on the social front, on the environmental front to reduce the discomfort of those in conditions of suffering and to contribute to the common good is assessed as growing – Anselmi underlines -.

Among the many opportunities taken into consideration by Italians, to contribute even after the end of life to creating a better world, there is also a solidarity legacy. “The people who have already decided to make a bequest are still a small minority, we are between 2 and 3%, but the number of those who say they are considering it and are inclined to make this decision is constantly growing. This is in correlation with the net increase in knowledge and is the effect of the communication activity implemented by the committee and the various organizations,” he concludes.