Una rete di soluzioni globali

NEW YORK – I grandi cambiamenti sociali avvengono in diversi modi. Le novità tecnologiche (il motore a vapore, il computer, Internet) possono avere un ruolo importante. Figure idealiste come Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. e Nelson Mandela possono essere fonte di ispirazione per rivendicare giustizia, mentre i leader politici possono arrivare a guidare ampi movimenti di riforma come nel caso di Franklin Roosevelt e il New Deal.

La nostra generazione deve sollecitare al più presto una nuova era di grande cambiamento sociale. Ma questa volta bisogna agire per salvare il pianeta da una catastrofe ambientale indotta dall’uomo.

Tutti noi percepiamo questa sfida quasi ogni giorno. Ondate di caldo, siccità, alluvioni, incendi boschivi, lo scioglimento dei ghiacciai, l’inquinamento dei fiumi e tempeste estreme colpiscono il pianeta con una frequenza sempre maggiore a causa delle attività umane. La nostra economia globale, pari a 70 trilioni di dollari su base annuale, sta esercitando una pressione senza precedenti sull’ambiente naturale. Abbiamo bisogno di nuove tecnologie, di nuovi comportamenti e di una nuova etica, con il sostegno di prove solide, per conciliare lo sviluppo economico con la sostenibilità ambientale.

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