What happened in Bologna from 5 to 12 June when the city became a sustainability capital during the Environmental G7 summit.
The greatest result of the Environmental G7 was that achieved by the hosting city itself, Bologna, which saw one of its most intense and international weeks of recent years. Thanks to the contribution of entities such as the Connect4Climate network, the days preceding the official 11-12 June summit between the Ministers for the Environment from Italy, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and the USA were characterised by dozens of sustainability-related events that saw the involvement of international figures.
Like Kate Raworth for example, one of the world’s most influential economists from the British newspaper The Guardian. She has recently written the book “Doughnut Economics”, which attempts to dismantle traditional economic paradigms and make room for surprising stories and perspectives that put man at the centre of the 21st century.
She took part in the first national economics forum on 7 June alongside Italian meteorologist Luca Mercalli, who tried to modify the cadence of his speech by focusing on people’s choices. We need “to come back inside the physical limits set by nature to continue to live in a balanced, virtuous way on a planet of finite resources”, said Mercalli. “And the circular economy is one of the ‘ripest fruits’ with which to achieve our aim of curbing the average global temperature increase”. An economy based on the actions of each one of us.
As for circularity, “there was a good response from the business world in Bologna”, added Minister for the Environment Galletti. “Firms have understood that the circular economy is, first and foremost, of benefit to them, both in terms of social responsibility and from a profitability perspective. Those who follow the circular model distribute more dividends to their shareholders”. And the companies that have understood this were on hand to outline their experiences. Participants included Andrea Segrè, now president of the Fico Foundation, who has made the fight against food waste his life’s mission. And Emanuele Bompan who has written a book with the clear and bold title, “What is the circular economy” and was one of the authors of the volume on water grabbing. And Alce Nero president, Lucio Cavazzoni, who has long focused on organic farming as a way to change the relationship between people and the earth, moving towards a form of development that removes the concept of “extracting” (and therefore destroying) natural resources from our vocabulary.
Ah, at the end ministers also drafted a final statement that came as no surprise. If not for the fact that it was announced as having been adopted unanimously, except for an asterisk for the United States that wanted to stay out of paragraphs 2 and 6, or rather those dedicated to climate and the multilateral development banks, “based on the recent announcement to withdraw from and immediately cease implementation of the Paris Agreement and all related financial obligations”.
As I said, nothing surprising.