Greta Thunberg e Roberto Cingolani compared on the same stage, in front of the audience of 400 young delegates of the Pre Cop26. Yet another harsh attack on the incompleteness of politics by the founder of the Fridays for future came from the manifestation of Milano, a few minutes after the Italian Minister of Ecological Transition, who did the honors, asked the young people that in addition to the “useful protests” “Help find new solutions”. “Our leaders lack action and it is intentional,” was the activist’s response. “They pretend to have ambitions against climate change, but continue to open coal mines and exploit deposits, without increasing funds to vulnerable countries. They select young people like us pretending to listen to us, but that’s not true. They never listened to us ”. And again: “We have to work for a trauma-free transition, because there is no plan B or plan blabla. We hear from our leaders words, high-sounding words that have become nothing. just blablabla, we have been hearing chatter for 30 years and where are we? The climate crisis is a symptom of a wider crisis, the social crisis of inequality, which comes from colonialism. A crisis that arises from the idea that some people are worth more than others “.
Going into the matter, Thunberg said that “when I talk about climate change” he thinks “about jobs, green jobs. Climate change is not just a threat, it is above all an opportunity to create a greener and healthier planet. We must take this opportunity. It is a win-win solution, both for development and for conservation ”. But, once again, it is politics and heads of state who stop any evolution: “Our hopes, our dreams drown in the empty promises of leaders around the world, but we can do it. We may have a solution for development and conservation, but it takes collaboration and willpower to stop the changes. A crisis that is unknown cannot be resolved ”. His speech ended with the audience responding in chorus to the appeals of Greta Thunberg: “What do we want? Climate Justice. When do we want it? Now”. After Cingolani and before the founder of Fridays for future he spoke Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan activist against climate change, who received a standing ovation from the hall. A speech that emphasized social inequality and how climate change has different effects and costs in each country. “Africa is responsible only 3% of global emissions, but Africans suffer the greatest impacts of climate change, ”he said.
To open the works of the Youth4Climate, which anticipates the Cop26 of the leaders, it was Minister Cingolani, who with the Fridays for future it has already had numerous clashes: the last and the clearest was after it accused “the radical chic and extremist environmentalists” of being “worse” than the climate emergency “. Today the minister began by asking for a concrete contribution from the young delegates: “We want to listen to your ideas, your proposals, your recommendations because we need your vision, your motivation and your involvement, ”he said. “Let’s join forces, we must not give up our future, the future of our planet. You intervened for this, but please remember, and I tell you this as a scientist and a father of three children, that climate change and global social inequalities must be treated together ”. And he added: “There is no single solution. And I hope that in addition to protesting, which is extremely helpful, you will help us identify new visionary solutions. This is what we expect from you ”.
What is Pre Cop26 and what is decided – Youth4Climate it will last three days, from Tuesday 28 September to Thursday 30. Four hundred young people, two from each of the 197 UN countries, will discuss all aspects of the climate crisis with experts. Italy will be represented by Federica Gasbarro e Daniele Guadagnolo. The Youth4Climate Thursday morning will overlap the Pre-Cop26, which will also start that day at the Mico in Milan. The 400 young people will present their proposals at the inauguration of the Pre-Cop, in the presence of Sergio Mattarella e Mario Draghi, and with the remote participation of Boris Johnson e Antonio Guterres. In the evening the Youth4Climate will end with the Music4Climate concert. The Pre-Cop26 will continue until Saturday 2 October, with the participation of about fifty environment ministers. They have to prepare the update of the decarbonisation commitments of the individual States in the context ofParis Agreementcommitments which will then be formally adopted in Glasgow.