Interview of Matteo Russo from Italy after the Training Course "Human change not climate change" in Yerevan
Can you give us your opinion about the project "human change not climate change"?
The project ‘’human change not climate change’’ is one of the best projects I have ever attended. At first glance, it may seem that climate changes are not very important, but as we go deeper into the subject, we realize that it is one of the most important issues of the modern times. Many organizations warn about climate changes, but the lack of awareness of the population and not taking the issue seriously doesn’t allow taking concrete steps to solve the issue. That’s why we need projects such as ‘’human change not climate change’’ to inform the public and try to solve it.
According to you, is it too late to stop climate change? What would be the most effective policy to stop climate change?
I think it is impossible to stop climate change because it is not only because of human activity. However, it can’t be denied that people have a great influence on it and we need to minimize human influence on climate changes. I think one of the best ways to do it is to cooperate between countries and to create international organisations like UNO, which will establish appropriate laws and penalties for all countries equally.
In your opinion, what can young people do at a local level to mitigate the effects of climate change?
Young people, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change, could educate themselves on the topic by reputable sources and documentaries. This way they will have more insights about the dangers of this event. They could also be more active and decisive for environmental causes like, for example, deciding to buy an electric car as a first car or simply pay more attention to recycling.
What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?
The most important thing I've learnt is that people are manipulating data for both parties (preventing climate change and defending anti-climate change conspiracy theories). It's something that will be very useful for me when trying to sustain and support future projects, causes and research, so that I'll be careful not to fund any fake scientific research.