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Fridays For Future storms New York City: ‘Wake up’

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Interview. We spoke with Federica Gasbarro, a Roman biology student, who is in New York City this week to present her proposal to reduce climate change. ‘No more investments in a diseased system! They should invest in green projects, they should fund those who want to change, to convert.’

written by Marinella Correggia, Massimo Giannetti

Topic Climate change

September 21, 2019

The UN has called climate “the defining issue of our time” and has convened the Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 in New York City. Nation states, economic actors and social organizations will be presenting new initiatives aimed at reducing emissions by 45% over the next decade and reaching zero net emissions by 2050.

Meanwhile, in the US city and around the world, millions are taking part in a week of action under the banner of the Global Strike for Climate, fighting for “the end of the age of fossil fuels.” Young activists will play a central role, both in the street initiatives and in the Youth Summit which will take place on Sept. 21 at the UN headquarters. Among the guests from around the world who will present climate-related proposals, we find the Italian Federica Gasbarro, a 24-year-old biology student. She is an activist for the Rome branch of Fridays For Future, a movement born from the school strikes for the climate pioneered in 2018 by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

How were you selected by the UN to take part in the Youth Summit together with 100 other young people, and what project will you present?

The UN Climate Action Summit, of which our summit is a part, is very pragmatic at every level, going from words to actions. The UN Secretary-General told the member states to either come up with concrete projects or stay at home. The project for which the UN selected me involves microalgae, which are photobioreactor organisms: it’s simple, an organization can implement it with just a few thousand euros. I did not invent it, as microalgae are already being grown to produce sugars, polysaccharides, fatty acids, etc., but they are not being exploited for their ability to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. The photobioreactors could be cultivated in areas with large emissions of greenhouse gases, for example........

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