Line Niedeggen - Activist of FridayForFuture Germany, Giorgio Vacchiano - Researcher at University of Milan, Luca Sardo - Activist of FridayForFuture Italy

Target: students and general audience

A Talk with Giorgio Vacchiano, Researcher at University of Milan and Luca Sardo, activist of FridayForFuture Italy  on new strategies to reduce human impact on Planet Earth.

Giorgio Vacchiano is a researcher in forest management and planning at University of Milan, he studies simulation models to support  sustainable forest management, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and natural disturbances in Italian and  European forests. He is author of more than 60 scientific publication and an active science communicator. In 2018 he was nominated by the journal Nature among the 11 best emerging scientist in the world. He is a member of the Italian Society of Forestry and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and author of La resilienza del bosco (Mondadori, 2019)

Forests do many things for us. They supply wood, but they also protect us from floods, mitigate climate change, preserve biodiversity. Will they continue to do so under the pressure of the current climate crisis? How can we guarantee the resilience of the forest and at the same time that of our society? What can forests teach us about adaptation - and how can forests and wood be a key in fighting the impending climate crisis?

Luca Sardo, is a student of Economics and Statistics at the University of Turin and a climate activist for the Fridays For Future movement. He believes that these two spheres are closely linked, because in order to solve the climate crisis it is fundamental to re-imagine our economic system.

Is it possible to restart our economy after the coronavirus crisis in a sustainable and ecological way? Of course it is: actually, many scientists and economists agree that the ecological transition could create way more job opportunities than a “business-as-usual” recovery. Furthermore, if we address every economic investment to the sustainability sector, we could avoid another crisis that is right now in front of us, probably the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced: the climate and ecological breakdown. This is the reason why “Fridays For Future” movement has launched a wide campaign (involving hundreds of scientists and NGOs) called “Back to the Future”: we can’t go back to the society we lived in before the coronavirus outbreak, because that society was the problem. We have to reshape our world, focusing on both the ecological and the social sustainability.

Line Niedeggen, 23, is an activist of the Fridays for Future movement in Germany and last year she co-organised the largest climate strikes in her city, Heidelberg. She is particularly committed to justice issues and thus to feminism and anti-racism. Climate protection must mean climate justice in all areas. She is studying physics in Heidelberg and will soon finish her master's degree with a focus on environmental physics.