Lies! In Rome, a debate against fake news about ecological transformation

Project Lies! Jaguar Land Rover Italia and LifeGate, part of the E-ducation 3.0 program, stopped by the Villa Borghese Earth Village.

lie detection, fake news which are still holding back the ecological transition. In the sector mobilityfirst and foremost, without forgetting the worldPower supply, climate crisis and protection biodiversity. At the Villa Borghese in Rome – the Village for the Earth theater that annually enlivens the capital in the previous days Earth Day April 22 – the project landed E-education 3.0 Jaguar Land Rover Italia, created in collaboration with LifeGate.

Electric cars, the future is now

And that’s exactly how it was “Lies!” the title of a lecture during which, before an audience composed largely of students from the city’s high schools, four speakers took turns commenting on the false myth that slows down the transition to green. Moderate the debate Roberto SposiniLifeGate Mobility Editor-in-Chief.

We started with mobility and with the idea that there is still time to take a decisive step towards electric energy, given that 2035 is far away. “However, the die has now been cast and it is clear that we all now have to work hard to change our mobility model,” he explained. Lidia Dainelli, director of ESG Strategies at Jaguar Land Rover: the Jaguar brand itself will produce only electric cars from 2025. The automotive world, he continued, “has a strong impact on pollution, and car companies have been working to reduce it for years. Electric cars are undoubtedly the solution and we, like Jaguar Land Rover, are aiming for zero CO2 cars by 2039: this will mean eliminating all emissions throughout the supply chain, including the production of materials.

Man is to blame for the climate crisis

And how can we respond to those who say that not all of the scientific community says that humans are responsible for the climate crisis? The answer to the second lie was Simon Roved director of editorial and communications at Life Gate: “The exact opposite is true, because 99 percent of the scientific world agrees on the link between human activity and global warming.”

For nine years now, Life Gate has been creating a national observatory for sustainable lifestyles to measure how important sustainability is to Italians. “The good news – explained Roveda – is that now 79 percent of our compatriots are interested in these questions: we are talking about 39.5 million people, a number that has increased by 36 percent compared to 2015, the first edition of the observatory. It is precisely young people between 18 and 25 years old who are most sensitive, and this “is reassuring because, in addition to the projects of various states, there will be more and more people and businesses that will influence their actions and daily choices. . Change starts with ourselves, and sustainability is a necessity that we can no longer do without.”

Energy because fossil fuels are a thing of the past

On Andrea Barbabella, coordinator of Italy for Climate and Climate and Energy of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, the task was to dispel the third false myth: that in Europe there will always be fossil fuels to produce most of the electricity. “If once talking about sustainable development meant thinking about the generations that will come after us – he emphasized – now the perspective has changed because we are experiencing climate change firsthand.”

Before the war in Ukraine, Russia was by far the largest supplier of energy to our country, “while now it is not even in the top ten.” In short, the picture is changing, and it can change quickly. And to those who claim that renewable are still marginal because they generate 20 percent of energy globally compared to 75 percent from fossil sources (except for 5 percent from nuclear sources), Barbabella responded that “it is wrong to look at the photo and not the whole film: now from 10 kW 8 of the electricity generating plants are renewable, while investment in renewables has been outstripping investment in fossil fuels for years”.

Biodiversity is under threat in Italy

The entomologist and writer finished the lecture Gianumberto Accinelli to answer the last lie that Italian ecosystems are not in danger. “Often – he explained – fake news is based on something true: the forests in Italy are increasing and consequently the number of animals that inhabit the forests is increasing, starting with the wolf. But on the other hand, we are facing a real mass extinction, in some ways comparable to the extinction of the dinosaurs.”

Half of the plant species and about a third of all animal species present in Europe live in our country: but today 68 percent of ecosystems in danger, while 30 percent of vertebrate species and 25 percent of marine animal species are threatened with extinction. Accinelli went on to point out that “this is the first extinction caused by a single species, the human”. Ecological transformation and environmental education, on the other hand, can be supported and supported in this way too: with correct information that is able to counter lies.


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