“Climbing for Climate” aims to raise awareness about the impact of climate change: on Saturday, 19 September 2020, Sant’Anna School faculty members and students go mountain and hill walking from Certosa to Verruca Calci

A walk in the mountains will not solve the climate crisis or save the planet but is a collective action to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on environments and ecosystems. On Saturday, September 19, Sant’Anna School, Scuola Normale Superiore and University of Pisa faculty members and students will participate in the “Climbing for Climate” 2020 initiative engaging with the hill and mountain environments in the Verruca – Calci area. In cooperation with the university network Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile and the Italian mountaineering club Club Alpino Italiano, the “Climbing for Climate” provides an opportunity for professors and students to strengthen a more individual response to the threat of climate change.

The “Climbing for Climate” aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change according to the Agenda 2030 sustainable goals that involve a community-centered “green” sensitive actions. At the heart of the Agenda 2030 are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They highlight strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change i.e. green economy and sustainable tourism (SDG 8), reduce inequality within and among countries (SDG 10), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), the climate emergency (SDG 13) and protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15). The “Climbing for Climate” initiative is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Environment and the ASviS - Italian Alliance for Sustaiable Development (Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

The agenda for the “Climbing for Climate” event on 19 September 2020 is as follows:

- 10.00 am registration at the Certosa - Calci;

- 10.30 am route begins with a walking tour of the Certosa

- 1.30 pm walking route ends at the Verruca Mountain

- 3.00 pm social event

- 4.00 pm tour - Museum of Natural History- "La plastica e noi- Plastic and us" exhibition

- 5.00 pm end of the tour

The Ist “Climbing for Climate” (July 19) 2019 has been sponsored by the University of Brescia and the Club Alpino Italiano - Brescia.  In 2019, the hiking route reached the Adamello Mountain. This year, as the Covid restrictions apply to all levels of national events, the Climbing for Climate in Calci is organized under the local level of government measures.

“This “Climbing for Climate” 2020 initiative in Calci comes at a time when we face extreme heat, air pollution, and droughts – said Sant’Anna School professor Eloisa Cristiani, as the rector’s delegate for the network Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile – We have to deal with the impacts of climate change through enhanced capacity building frameworks. Our universities alliance is taking action to encourage collective approaches to the threat of climate emergency.”

Cover photo: Verruca - Calci (Pisa)