ROME, ITALY, 2019

Some activists of the Fridays for Future movement

Magliocchetti Lombi

© Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi / Contrasto

 

In 2019, 29 July marked Overshoot Day, the day when the natural resources produced by the planet in a year are used up. Never had it come so early.
On 4 May 2019, the concentration of CO2 was the highest ever recorded in the last 800,000 years, a record 418.2 parts per million, and summer temperatures also set new records. Since the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015, very little has been done and although all the countries have committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures, the results are still disappointing.
This is why the movement promoted by Greta Thunberg was born, as a reaction to the distance between the political world and the awareness of the younger generations for the fate of our planet. Greta became well-known for her speech at the 2018 Katowice Conference and her struggle continues, but she is no longer alone. Her example led to the creation of dozens of #FridaysForFuture committees, responsible for organising the great global climate strike of 15 March 2019, when in 2,200 cities in 125 countries more than a million young people worried about their future took to the streets. Despite the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, on 24 April 2020 a new form of strike took place, the Digital Climate Strike, the greatest digital strike in history. The message is clear: the climate crisis is already underway; heat waves, increasingly destructive hurricanes, more frequent flooding and melting glaciers are just some of the consequences.
The economic and health crisis imposed by Covid-19 may represent a unique opportunity to improve our current economic and production system and go back to living in harmony with the planet and its limited resources.

Filippo Rossato