The Last Judgment is coming: The catastrophic impacts of climate change and the urgency of slashing carbon emissions are being highlighted worldwide today by the global movement for climate justice. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in strikes and other actions to demand governments act against climate breakdown.
Italy is no exception. Our emissions-reduction targets fall far short of what is needed to keep global warming under 1.5°C compared to preindustrial levels.
We need a rapid change of pace to reverse the process over the next 11 years, otherwise we risk triggering tipping points and extreme impacts of a changing climate, such as floods, heat waves and drought.
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has highlighted, the poor and most marginalized will be impacted the most, but we all will suffer from the social, health and environmental consequences. In Italy, climate change is expected to create exceptional warming temperatures (especially during summer), increased frequency and severity of extreme meteorological events (heat waves, drought, heavy precipitations) and water scarcity.
This is why people around the world are taking their governments to court to force action on climate change, including in the Netherlands, USA, Belgium, France, Germany and New Zealand. We have decided to do the same in Italy. We will ask the State for more ambitious and binding measures to tackle climate change and invert the trends: If citizens do not do it, no one will.