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The importance of interdisciplinary is fundamental in Global Governance B.A course but also relevant for a deep understanding of world, global changes and sustainability. Thanks to the conversation with Mr. Carlo Giupponi, GG students have had the opportunity to share reflections on climate change and the interconnection with sustainability concepts.

He is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Ca’ Foscari University Venice and Director of the Interdepartmental VICCS Centre (Venice Centre for Climate Studies). His research focuses on sustainability and management of natural resources with a focus on water and agriculture. Currently, he is responsible for several European projects in pollution and he is a co-authored over 230 scientific and professional papers.

Human and economic development need capacities and preferences that are acting in the present tome with a dynamic forecast towards the future. The change that everyone is looking for is located into the connection between PRESENTFUTURE. We are living in a changing world where uncertainty and instability reign, three pillars can guide global drivers and trends: environment, economy and society.

These “indicator” are showing a terrible instability of global phenomena that is affecting the market of agriculture, the crisis of 2008; in other words, shocks and variability of data are interesting to analyze and understand the connection between socioeconomic and earth system trends.

Meanwhile Mr. Giupponi was explaining the importance of statistics and graphs about global pollution, a student asked more information about Venice and its sustainability:

How pollution is changing one of the most beautiful city in the world?

 There is a shift of 10 cm in the sea level the city. Populations try to adapt buildings to this natural change but it is not easy as it seems. “Saving Venice” is smart program to protect the city and his beauties for the pleasure future tourists and also for its inhabitants; in this scenario, science and engineering have a major role and can provide perfect solutions.

Mitigation of emissions and adaptation to impacts of pollution are the keywords for this new plan (adaptive management). Immediate actions can’t have a real effect on the problem, the evidence will be shown by statistical features: GDP, mean, mode, pie chart and histograms. However,, sometime these indicators are not perfectly useful to have more information on a particular case, a sample or a population; they are too generic. In particular, GDP is a standard measure of the production of goods and services in a country during a certain period of time; it can capture the economic activity and not the well-being of people.

Society is not based only on numbers and cold data… the heart of people is even more complicated.

All in all, the conversation has risen the awareness for the globe, not only for the destruction of cities like Venice, but also for life of people. Statistics can help to understand the improvements of a strategy or mistakes that human actions can commit.

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