The investigation, a complicated decade, raises awareness about the environment and health

The results of the research carried out by Walden Lab-Eumetra for the Solidarity Testament Committee

More than 4 out of 10 Italians think that in the last decade the world has become a worse place to live in and the same is true when looking inside our home, at Italy. At the top of the concerns are climate change (86%), followed by wars (84%) and global pandemics (83%). Italians are also worried about the depletion of natural resources (78%) and the growth of inequalities between rich and poor countries (76%). The topic of technologies also makes an appearance: 68% fear the impact of the digital revolution on daily life and 57% fear the increasingly rapid technological innovation of means and tools. This picture emerges from the survey ‘The perception of the changes of the last 10 years and the orientation towards charitable donations and bequests’ carried out by Walden Lab-Eumetra for the Solidarity Testament Committee on a representative sample of Italians aged 25+ (around 46 .5 million, based on Istat data).

The results of the research were presented today in Rome, at Palazzo Merulana, as part of the event organized by the Committee on the occasion of the International Solidarity Legacy Day (13 September). This year’s event also celebrates a special anniversary for the Committee, founded in 2013 by 6 promoting organisations; over the years the organization has grown more and more, involving the non-profit world in important sector study, information and awareness-raising activities, up to the current structure which has 28 members: Ail, Aism, Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, Lega del Filo d’Oro Foundation, Save the Children, Airalzh – Italian Alzheimer’s Research Association, Aid to the Church in Need, Amref, Luca Coscioni Association, Cbm Italia, Centro Benedetta d’Intino, Italian Committee for Unicef ​​Ets Foundation, Coopi – International Cooperation, Airc Foundation for cancer research, Humanitas Foundation for Research, Mission Bambini Foundation, Operation Smile Italia Ets Foundation, Piedmontese Foundation for Cancer Research, Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis Research, Progetto Arca Foundation, Telethon Foundation Ets, Umberto Veronesi Foundation, Greenpeace, Pasteur Italia Institute, Smile House Ets Foundation, Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired Ets-Aps, Campus Bio-Medico University, Vidas.

Returning to the survey data, the Covid-19 pandemic (94%) and the war in Ukraine (93%) are perceived by Italians as the epochal events of the last decade. This is followed by terrorist attacks in France, Spain and England (78%), the birth of Chat Gpt (77%), the election of Trump (65%), Brexit (64%) and the advent of Pope Francis (63 %). Last but not least, the birth of the Fridays for Future movement (55%). In general, for 43% of Italians the world today is in a worse condition than 10 years ago, only 10% believe it is better. Looking at our country, the percentage of those who believe that Italy has worsened in the last decade rises to 47%; 1 in 10 believe that it has improved (while 43% think it is better in some aspects and worse in others).

Better or worse, but for what? Among the areas that have grown, medical-scientific research comes first for Italians (35%), followed by quality of communication (33%), environmental protection (17%) and respect for civil rights (11%). ). However, in people’s perception, the cost of living (88%), the prospects of young people (73%), work and employment (66%) and healthcare (61%) worsened. According to Italians, in Italy today there is less economic well-being (72%) but also less trust in others (66%) and social equity (62%). Overall, today Italians see around them a society that is more concerned about the future (77%) but also attentive to their own health (48%) and the environment (45%), less satisfied with life (67%), less attentive to others (48%) and less tolerant (46%).

Moving from society to the individual, the situation is quite the opposite: today 70% of Italians feel personally more worried about the future than 10 years ago, more attentive to the environment (58%) and health (56%). 42% say they are more willing than 10 years ago to commit themselves personally to help those in difficulty (42%) and for a good cause (40%).