Pillar 5  – Raising the standard of living

We have been asked what we think of the periodic relaunch of the idea of building a bridge across Straits of Messina. First of all, we find it strange that the minister Enrico Giovannini was the person to relaunch the idea. We recall that Giovannini was one of the founders of and then spokesman for ASviS (the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development). Now, we are not asking if the bridge is “sustainable”, but we do wonder if the bridge will meet the priority criteria for the protection of the environment, and we find our answer in Pillar 5 of the Green New Deal for Europe which we summarise below.

“The Green New Deal for Europe creates public prosperity in place of private wealth, substituting consumption for what really matters for Europe’s communities.

The Green New Deal goes well beyond a job guarantee. It raises the standard of living across our continent in numerous ways, from investments in health and education to investments in arts and culture.

By reclaiming unused homes for public use, the Green New Deal will address the crisis of housing insecurity that has left so many people homeless or at risk of eviction.

By rewiring Europe’s energy grids, retrofitting homes with good insulation, and providing clean, public transportation for all, the Green New Deal will reduce the cost of living for all households.

By reversing biodiversity loss and eliminating pollution, the Green New Deal will allow all communities to enjoy clean air, fresh water, and local nature reserves.

And by investing in a more sustainable economy, the Green New Deal will reduce the number of hours we work each week and provide more space for community engagement.

In the process, it will help build resilience for communities at the frontlines of the climate and ecological crises.”

The Green New Deal for Europe suggests giving a central place to the care economy, public services and participatory democracy, instead of the current obsession with economic growth and the finance-based economy.

Keeping these sentiments in mind, try rereading the declarations reported in the media about the relaunch of the feasibility study for a bridge over the Straits.