Green Europe co-leader and MP Angelo Bonelli said Thursday that he would present a bill to criminalise climate change denial. He added he considers the Italian government guilty of it.
Angelo Bonelli said yesterday he wants to criminalise climate change denial. In fact, he went as far as to say the current Italian government is guilty of just that ‘crime’.
“Italy has become a climate hotspot with a growing series of extreme weather events that have caused major damage all over the country,” Bonelli said. “Violent storms with the hail the size of tennis balls destroyed houses, cars and crops in Veneto and Trentino, injuring 110 people, while in southern and central Italy temperatures have hit records of over 40°”.
Italian government guilty of denial
Bonelli said “this denialist, couldn’t-care-about-climate” government should reflect on the €10billion in damage caused by extreme climate events in Italy this year. This follows the €5.6billion the agriculture sector lost last year due to flooding and drought.
Premier Giorgia Meloni has said that her government did not deny the reality of climate change. However, they wanted a “pragmatic approach” to achieving sustainability.
Her executive has opposed some parts of the EU Green Deal, such as the directive on green homes to boost energy efficiency, as well as the proposed end to the sale of carbon-emitting petrol and diesel cars from 2035.