The opportunity is rare and twofold: take part in a #FridaysForFuture in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the founder of the movement itself. We are talking about the Fridays of Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old student whom, with her Friday “school strikes”, is raising awareness across the globe for an issue that is urgently in need of a solution: climate change.
On Friday, April 19th, Greta will be in the largest square in the capital, Piazza del Popolo, after arriving by train from her hometown in Sweden and meeting with the Pope. The program is articulated and will alternate music and entertainment to more demanding topics, aimed at raising public awareness of the fact that, if the trends of international government policies are not reversed, we risk extinction: the United Nations global warming panel announced that we have 12 years left to overcome the dreadful 1.5 degrees mark and cross the threshold of no return, or totally irreversible changes throughout our precious ecosystem.
On Wednesday Greta showed the Pope her “Join the climate strike” program and Pope Francis shook hands with her, thus underlining his support and the importance of the cultural activity of the young activist with Asperger syndrome.
In recent days, Greta also intervened in the European Parliament at a meeting of the Environmental Commission and in her opening statement called for “new and permanent changes in all aspects of society to combat climate change” and these should include “the reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 50% within ten years”. Her invitation to MEPs and party leaders was to focus on shared policies beyond their respective differences: “The future is in your hands: now”.
In Rome, she will insist on her points and will mainly talk about children, those who will be most affected by climate change. But the program is very complex: everything will start at 10 am, when 120 bicycles will arrive to operate the pedestrian stage, positioned on the side of Via del Corso. In the four gazebos at the four corners of the square, various performances of music, poetry and visual art will begin at 10.30 am. From 11am the stage opens to scheduled speeches and debates: the boys and girls of #FridaysForFuture from all over Italy will alternate and then the great live of Têtes de Bois and other young musicians. At 12.30pm, finally, Greta Thunberg will be on stage, followed by another two hours of concerts.
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