Meritocracy Italy: “The decree is good against drought but an action plan is needed”

“Serious targeted programming is essential”

”The water crisis appears, cyclically, like the news of the moment which then, unfortunately, remains without any organizational sequela and instead today, without any delay, the population and the institutions should seal an environmental protection pact that can no longer be postponed. You can live without a car, you can live and coexist without luxury and well-being but it would be impossible to survive just two days of complete drought. To reach a sustainable plan, we need everyone’s awareness: from the citizens who have to avoid waste both in the use of water and in emissions into the atmosphere (aimless and non-stop car rides) and by politics which should devote itself more, with ideas, funds and professionalism, to avoiding disasters instead of managing them. After all, it would cost less, but much less to construct an idea beforehand, compared to ex post filling or mitigating the damage caused by so-called unpredictable events. It’s time to act all together for an eco-sustainability pact”. He writes it in a note Meritocracy Italy.

Today’s drought is not an anomaly, but the result of a new normal. The sea warms up at such a speed that the composition of aquatic flora and fauna changes; the glaciers are retreating and the reserve of fossil water that has always been there is lacking and that is used in the plains for the most disparate uses -continues Meritocrazia Italia-. The problem is clear-cut, but the tendency to consider climate change as one risk among many is still too widespread. Instead, we should realize that it is the matrix of many other risks and that all the issues that will be fundamental in the coming decades, such as development, security, migration, health, will be transformed by climate change”.

”Something, however, is still possible to do. AND serious targeted programming is essential, on the one hand, to contain emissions and, on the other, to face the challenges that climate change poses (the lack of rain above all). The many virtuous examples in the world must be grasped. Israel that manages to cultivate land in itself unsuitable for production due to soil characteristics and water shortages; in just a few years it has managed to transform an arid and sterile land into fertile fruit crops which it exports all over the world thanks to serious infrastructural investments. The same in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia”, continues Meritocrazia Italia.

But there are also positive experiences in Italy. The irrigation system of Campania, for example, has held up despite hot seasons and drought thanks to investments in technologies in recent years: in Cilento and in the Sele Valley there are tanks for accumulating water at night and distributing it during the day, as well as irrigation aqueducts that can be activated by the farmer 4.0, upon request or assisted by satellite irrigation advice. At the moment, there is no shortage of funds. The Pnrr offers important opportunities. The water network, especially in the south, the one that brings drinking water into homes, is notoriously a sieve, losing up to more than 40% of the water transported. Agriculture is served in part by the drinking water network and in part by an ad hoc network. Both old”.

Meritocrazia Italia ”appreciates the initiative taken with the Drought decree, to set up a central control room for the composition of an extraordinary water plan. However, a technical table should also be summoned to discuss the best use of funds to build the infrastructures necessary to guarantee the availability of water for civil, industrial and agricultural uses and to modernize existing ones.

Meritocrazia Italia needs: immediate verification of emissions into the atmosphere both in the city and for large companies, with support from the State in the event of forced closure of the production complex; serious regulatory reform interventions on the commitments of local authorities, if necessary through the redefinition of the penalties for those who do not at least provide for water maintenance and the identification of guaranteed minimum standards; a work of real de-bureaucratization and supervision; for the greater expediency, for the smaller municipalities (classified according to surface area or number of inhabitants) one could think of creating a single basin that has the responsibility of signaling and intervening in the event of breakdowns or simply for ordinary maintenance; greater incentives for private investment, favoring ESG issues (green bonds and blue bonds), for the benefit of ethical and sustainable finance aimed at reconciling economic recovery and development with environmental and social values; a real efficiency improvement of the national water infrastructural network, which is currently affected by the very serious shortcomings which lead to an average loss of 50% of the water; the recovery of the reservoirs for the collection of rainwater in the winter; basinization of water resources and desalination of marine waters; a demanding and serious school and university plan on the use of water and natural resources; a television advertisement on the use of running water on a par with what was done in times of covid for masks”.

Meritocrazia Italia ”also proposes to focus on the reforestation of the hills, to produce arboriculture from wood useful in the growth phase to absorb CO2, useful for limiting landslides and mitigating the fall of rain on the ground, limiting soil runoff and profits to produce wood for industry and biomass for the production of pellets. It’s not the time for anti-someone politics, it’s instead the time to build a sustainable world!”.