A Call to Action
With Expo 2020 Dubai kicking off the Global Goals Week (15th — 22nd January), each of us is called to be the main character in this second year of the Decade of Action and lead the world towards better ACCOUNTABILITY for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Because everything works in strict connection: soil and human health; biodiversity and economy; livelihood and oceans.
The same oceans that, especially this week, have been the protagonists of international and national news.
→ Antarctica, one of the most remote natural paradises present on this Earth, is now exposed to the side effects of inattentive ship traffic. We are talking about vessels that, for tourism, research, or supply reasons, are arriving from ports all over the world, introducing alien species within Antarctica’s Southern Ocean marine ecosystem, with concrete risks for its native species (that have been isolated over the past 15–30 million years), but also the potential disruption of fisheries.
This recent scientific report shows us how little we know about the ecosystem in which we live. We cannot stop progress and research, but we must do it wisely and responsibly.
→ Japan, which currently finds itself in the delicate situation of having to choose how and where to dispose of contaminated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The suggestion to start dumping it into the Pacific Ocean beginning early next year is attracting concerns on multiple layers, from surrounding countries (such as Republic of Korea, Chile, and China) to local fishery communities, and in multiple frontiers, from the long-terms effect on the marine ecosystems to the same consequences on human health.
All in the year 2022, when we celebrate 50 years of the London Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (1972).
This delicate situation stresses how much international commitments are a fundamental starting point for ensuring a balance between the individual, the community, the economy, and nature, but also how much their concrete implementation passes through national and local choices, diplomatic relations, activism, media campaigns, and grassroot initiatives.
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→ Italy: three days ago Italy recognized the 10-year anniversary of the Costa Concordia shipwreck, the largest passenger ship to sink since the Titanic, in its trajectory towards the Mediterranean Sea, just in front of the Giglio Isle.
A tragic story, with its 32 victims, reminds us the cost of carelessness for people, the environment, and even the economy.
Today, it is a story of unique engineering, in the successful operation of removal, dismantling, and recycling — never attempted before for a ship of that size. The redemption after the downfall.
A story of rebirth after the scars, even for the marine ecosystem, as the Posidonia has returned to populate the sea in that area.
A story that reminds us how the Mediterranean Sea is increasingly becoming an undisputed protagonist of maritime traffic and the blue economy.
According to the WWF report, “despite covering less than 1% of the world’s oceans, the Mediterranean carries about 15% of global shipping.” It is a crucial sector in terms of employment, tourism, trade, economy, and even to expand the Gross Value Added, but we cannot ignore the potential economic, social, diplomatic, and environmental impacts of short-sighted activities.
Especially this year that Italy has been leading the UNESCO network of emblematic communities of the Mediterranean Diet, our country has a crucial role to strengthen its leadership in the diffusion of the Mediterranean lifestyle and preservation of the Mediterranean natural and cultural heritage.
#ActNow for us means:
- To give voice and empower the custodians of the sea: supporting small sustainable fisheries and regenerative marine practices.
- Preserve Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), incentivizing forms of tourism able to restore not distort the marine environment, strengthening its ecosystem services and the social and economic fabric connected to it.
- Feed people with a new mindset where Prosperity Thinking is its core principle. This year, together with the FAO eLearning Academy, in-person Boot Camp will include Pollica, in the heart of the Mediterranean Basin on Integral Ecology but also Thingeyri in Iceland on Climate-Smart Oceans to learn resilience directly from the people living in extraordinary places of knowledge.
There are places that contain stories that can only be understood by experiencing them directly, the result of a perfect blend of landscape and culture, individual and society, everyday life and foresight.
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