Every second, four square meters of soil disappear in Italy under a layer of cement. That makes about 35 hectares a day, an unnatural, unstoppable disaster that in just two years has claimed 250 square kilometers of land.
And this was not even the worst two-year period, as the aggression against Italy’s ecosystems has slowed lately. If we look only at the lost farmland, in less than 20 years construction has devoured more than 2 million hectares. Sixteen percent of the countryside has disappeared. And agricultural areas continue to disappear at a daily rate of 55 hectares (350 square meters erode every year for each citizen).
This suicidal madness is the result of unsustainable development that won’t stop — like happily sawing the branch on which you sit — and has an annual cost that can be quantified in over €800 million.
This is how much Italians could pay starting in 2016 just to cope with the consequences of the soil consumption between 2012-2015. The estimated costs, and not only in economic terms, were released last week during a presentation of the ISPRA 2016 report on land use in Italy (Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research).