The Minister of the Environment and Energy Security answered questions from some young people during the Giffoni Film Fest. There are many questions about climate change and strategies to combat it. Then the intervention of Giorgia, a girl who confessed through tears: “I am very afraid for my future”. During his answer, even the minister was moved
“I suffer from eco-anxiety, aren’t you afraid for your grandchildren?”. This is the question that moved the Minister of the Environment and Energy Security Gilberto Pichetto Fratin. A girl named Giorgia gave it to him during the meeting at the Giffoni Film Fest. The minister answered various questions on climate change, but he was unable to hold back his tears when the young woman – also moved – confessed: “I am very afraid for my future”.
A girl’s question and the minister’s tears
“I confess to you, Minister, that I am very afraid for my future. I personally suffer from eco-anxiety and sometimes I think I don’t have a future. Because my land burns. Everything is burning in Sicily these days. And I don’t know if I want to have children, Minister. And so my question is, given that you speak of 2030 and 2050, goals that I sincerely feel are distant: aren’t you afraid for your children, for your grandchildren?”, Giorgia asked Pichetto Fratin, pausing every now and then to the emotion. “Thank you very much,” replied the minister, who is also a grandfather. Then, in turn moved, he added: “I have the strength of doubt. And I mean it sincerely. But we have a duty. I have a duty to the office I hold, I have a duty to you, I have a duty to my grandchildren”.
Questions about climate change
During the meeting there were many questions that young people asked the minister on climate change and on the fight against CO2 emissions. “I won’t go into the merits of the debate on climate change, when it started, when it didn’t start. The reality of those who govern is to acknowledge that climate change exists and we must do everything to mitigate and adapt the system”, he said said in response to a question on the recent controversy following his speech a few days ago at start on Sky TG24 (“I don’t know how much is due to man or to earthly change”, he said about climate change). “Those who govern – added Pichetto Fratin – have a duty to read reality and we realize that we are all conditioned by climate change. We are facing it with determination, but also with realism and with the aim of achieving neutrality of emissions in the 2050 and with the intermediate one of 55% by 2030. We must recover a little from the past and we must not forget that in our country two thirds of electricity is still produced from fossil fuels. for coal. It was like a stab. But this is the reality and my hope is to overturn this ratio in 2030 with a third of electricity from fossil sources, and only from gas, which among fossils is the least polluting” . Furthermore, according to Pichetto Fratin, “we need to deal with reality and also with the economy because the risk is that those who are already behind, the world’s poor, will pay the consequences of all this”.
Pichetto Fratin: “Dreaming is fine, but you can’t lose touch with reality”
Young people, added the minister, have a great task, that of making governments understand how important these issues are to them, “because we have the planet on loan, it belongs to them”. still said Pichetto Fratin – but you can’t lose touch with reality. The need to intervene remains. I say this as the grandfather of eight grandchildren. I am of the opinion that Europe can make it to achieve neutral emissions in 2050 At the Cops in Paris and Glasgow, the commitment expressed is towards those countries which suffer the most, which are less rich. Europe, let us not forget, is rich compared to the many billions of people who live in difficulty. It is legitimate that the poorest countries recriminate against those who have so far enriched themselves by exploiting their resources and today these same states would like to impose limits on economic growth to protect the climate and the environment.A similar mechanism risks being triggered in Europe too when one wants to impose rules that do not take into account national peculiarities. Italy must also meet the agreed deadlines, but national planning is needed”.