Carlo Petrini seems to say that we have to look not only at the health of the planet, but also at that of its inhabitants, along the lines of Pope Francis’ message. Only by looking at the problem from this perspective can one see the connections among issues which in the political discourse are strictly separated: climate change, food production and migration, for example.
The creator of Slow Food believes that we cannot treat the earth-killing fever just by alleviating its symptoms. In his opinion, it is necessary to address the root of the malaise, fighting “the insane economic system” that generates it and proposing a radical socialist and humanitarian paradigm shift.
His theoretical recipe for saving the planet is made up of two basic ingredients: the decolonization of thought and the creation of a new socio-economic model. This translates into a practical proposal of a Marshall Plan for the poorest countries. ”Two days ago, our Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that we must increase aid to the countries of origin of migrants to create jobs there. Right, but the truth is that the E.U. does not do anything,” he told us in an interview. ”If it really wanted to intervene, it should invent a sort of Marshall Plan, but even stronger.”