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10/11/2017, 14:32

#YOUTH #GSS #COP23



“I-am-large,-I-contain-multitudes”


 Have you ever wondered how our current age will be seen by future generations?



Have you ever wondered how our current age will be seen by future generations? When "the first 20 years of the XXI century" will be a chapter in the history book of your grandchildren, what will be written on it? The first month of this 2017 doesn’t seem to add positive facts on that chapter: hatred, racism, division and inequality seem to be the keywords that compose it, and they are as heavy as a bowling ball.

These will be the topics featured on the article "L’era della rabbia" (The age of anger), published by "Internazionale". The title was inspired by the same book by Indian writer Pankaj Mishra. A title that is taken and slammed like a hammer on the center of the cover, breaking down in small pieces the portrait of the new US president: Donald Trump. The election of the republican billionaire, recent xenophobic deviations in Europe and the election of Duterte in the Philippines are among the examples that the article shows us to ask ourselves: "When did the world of free trade and cultural exchange among nations become the world of walls, borders and parochialism?". Maybe, the author speculates, things have always been like this: racism and xenophobia are part of the human nature and were merely suppressed, covered by the spark of hope inflated by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. 

So, the question arises spontaneously: will this be our mark? Will the true title of our chapter in history be "The age of anger"? Will it be so, an endless return of closure and walls that will doom us all?

As a young person, such a thought is unacceptable. Understandable indeed, as it won’t be the first time a complex social system implodes in fear (as the Roman Empire did), nonetheless it’s unbearable. Because of this, our search for solutions has brought us to an incredible journey that has the potential to disrupt our beliefs. Just try to define yourself. Who are you? How do you look like? Are you Italian, English, Pakistani? Are you a Muslim, a Christian...? Piece of cake, right? Not so easy.

Just spit it out

Recently, a video published by Momondo made a fuss as it demonstrated that knowing who we are isn’t really that simple. The video shows the winners of "The DNA journey", a contest promoted by Momondo. Participants were asked to define themselves: where did they come from, how did they see their nation in relation with the others, which populations they didn’t like, and so on. After that, all they had to do was to spit in a test tube, bring it to a lab and wait for the results. As a matter of fact, it’s possible to trace one’s DNA just with a tiny drop of saliva. Through the analysis of our genes it’s possible to trace back our ancestral origins in form of percentages and migratory routes. So, an English man that hates Germans finds out to have 5% of German origins and a woman casually discovers a distant cousin in a group of strangers. Sounds like science-fiction but it’s true.

Momondo has just reopened the contest in Italy, giving 30 people over 18 the chance to win a free test. But not the contest nor legal age are mandatory to take this journey. Researching, we found out many associations that offer this service for prices ranging from 100$ to 150$. Among the others there is the Genographic Project, founded by National Geographic: it not only delivers you your personal data, but it also collects the data to trace back the migratory routes of mankind over the last 100.000 years. Other interesting projects are Family Tree DNA, which tries to map the blood relations that connects us to the whole world, 23andME, which uses the data for medical research, and many more. 

Taking the test is very easy (all you have to do is either spit or pass a tampon inside your mouth) and gives you the chance to find out something new. By sending the sample to any of these associations you can use the raw data for different analysis. You can learn more about your ancestors, find distant relatives or be aware of your genetic predisposition to pathologies and therapies. 

Discovering ourselves is the first step to demolish stereotypes. It can open our eyes on the fact that an individual is not a nationality (for example it’s not certain that two Italians have more thing in common than an Italian and a Syrian). So, I have decided to take the test.

I found out that 25% of my genes show mutations connected to Syria and Turkey, and that made me feel more involved in what is going on in those areas: without those places, without their ancient inhabitants, I wouldn’t be here. So, how can I turn my back on the sons of my own fathers: sons whose only fault is to haven’t migrated when my ancestors did? "I am large, I contain multitudes": Walt Whitman once wrote this words in his collection of poetry "Leaves of grass", and with this quote I would like to open and close this call to action. To the young men and women of the world (but also the elders, the children and the adults) not be afraid to find out and accept every single piece of yourself. As my grandmother used to tell me "The world is beautiful because it’s various". We all are a medley. And we aren’t just individuals: we all are little worlds.


Text by Rosa Maria Currò, photo by Tommaso Schirru 



06/11/2017, 21:25

#COP23



Detrás-de-la-danza:-El-Yaqona-Vakaturaga*


 



Por Rosamaria Currò

Un círculo de hombres sentados en el centro del auditorio. No se están moviendo y sus rostros se ven serios. Visten faldas hasta la rodilla hechas de paja, collares de flores y pulseras. Detrás de ellos, otro grupo de hombres con camisas y pantalones coloridos comienzan a cantar. Frente a ellos, en el escenario principal, George Konrote (Presidente de Fiji) y Barbara Hendricks (Ministra de Medio Ambiente de Alemania) los observan. Cuando el Sr. Konrote aplaude tres veces, comienza la danza ritual. Todos los hombres comienzan a cantar, aplauden y se mueven, mientras uno de ellos en el centro comienza a remojar lo que parece ser un fajo de paja en un tazón, que previamente había sido sumergido en agua.

De repente, el coro y la danza se detienen. Un hombre, vestido con un traje típico de Fiji, llena la mitad de una cáscara de coco con agua tratada con paja y se la ofrece a la Sra. Hendricks. Ella lo bebe, y justo después se le ofrece la misma bebida al Sr. Konrote. La audiencia parece sorprendida mientras los hombres terminan su ritual sentados bailando y cantando. "¿Qué acabamos de ver?", Todos parecen preguntar en silencio.Cuando el ritual finaliza y el discurso comienza de nuevo, nos movemos para resolver este misterio. En el pasillo, encontramos a dos de los bailarines parados frente a una multitud. Hablamos con uno de ellos. Se ve feliz cuando nos acercamos a él y cuando le preguntamos: "¿Cuál es la ceremonia en la que usted participó?", Él simplemente responde: "¡Oh, ese era el Yaqona Vakaturaga!".

Él nos explica que en Fiji, el ritual se hace para mostrar respeto y honor a un invitado o una persona que se considera un "jefe". Este ritual tiene sus raíces en la antigua historia fiyiana y, en este caso, se practicó para mostrar el respeto y la gratitud que los fiyianos sienten por los alemanes, ya que posibilitaron la realización de la COP 23 acogiéndola en su país. Una cosa que fue imposible para Fiji tanto por razones financieras como logísticas. También nos explica que, lo que parecía ser paja, es en realidad una planta especial: el Yaqona o Kava. "Lo cultivamos en Fiji y cuando está completamente maduro lo dejamos secar al sol".
Esta planta tiene un papel central en las tradiciones de Fiji y normalmente se moldea en polvo para mezclarla fácilmente con agua. Cuando lo dejamos, él agregó que tuvo el honor de mostrarle al mundo sus tradiciones, y le aseguramos que también fue un honor también para nosotros haber hablado con él. No podría haber existido un mejor comienzo para un evento cuyo propósito es encontrar un punto de contacto entre muchos países y puntos de vista diferentes.

*Traducción: Jhoanna Cifuentes (Colombia).

06/11/2017, 11:17

#COP23



All-united-to-help-Africa-


 Our planet is in serious danger. We must work together to save her. But to save it will require a great teacher, and for this purpose the finance ministers play an important role in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of public expenses directe



Our planet is in serious danger. We must work together to save her. But to save it will require a great teacher, and for this purpose the finance ministers play an important role in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of public expenses directed towards adaptation and mitigation goals related to climate change. Especially put an emphasis on:
  • Climate Sensitive Budgeting
  • The Green taxation
  • Carbnons prices 
  • Policy reforms

This event will allow them to create an evaluation mechanism through which the participating ministries of finance will evaluate each other and periodically in order to gradually improve their role in achieving the objectives.

Africa, one of the regions of the world most affected by climate change, is paradoxically the one that receives the least capital for projects to fight against and adapt to climate change. After COP 21, in December 2015 in Paris, the industrialized countries pledged to mobilize $ 100 billion of annual financial flows to developing countries by 2020.

In Rabat, was held on 23-24 June, the first Global Climate Alliance and Coalition Forum, Nizar Baraka, chair of the COP 22 Scientific Committee, noted that of the $ 100 billion Industrialized countries expect to disburse annually by 2020 for developing countries in their fight against climate change, Africa receives only 5%. "Yet, overall, the cost of transition to a low-carbon future in the trillion thousands," recalls the United Nations Climate Change Conference on its electronic portal. However, fossil fuels are a sign in favor of renewable energies.

My question is: will Africa’s 5% share really increase? Do we really want to love Africa? Do we want to be unified in the face of climate change or should we wait for the COP23 to be able to talk about it in public and in front of the cameras by changing the date of our videos instead of changing the reality, the one that is happening in Africa?

Alaa Zanati




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