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Les députés de Beppe Grillo chez les Verts européens ?

Rencontre avec l’environnementaliste Angelo Consoli à Rome

Sauvons l’Europe via son secrétaire général Henri Lastenouse a pu longuement échanger à Rome avec Angelo Consoli sur le bilan des dernières élections européennes. Angelo Consoli est l’auteur du manifeste écologiste italien « Manifesto Territorio Zero ». Il est aussi le « European Director », de « l’Office of Jeremy Rifkin » qui est connu pour avoir popularisé le concept de la troisième révolution industrielle permettant de répondre à long terme au triple défi d’une crise économique mondiale, de la sécurité énergétique et du changement climatique. Cette démarche a d’ailleurs été soutenue par le Parlement européen dès 2006.

L’analyse d’Angelo Consoli porte notamment sur la possibilité pour les députés européens élus sur la liste « 5 Etoiles » de Beppe Grillo de trouver « une forme de partenariat » avec les députés Verts européens. Naturellement, cette possibilité ouvre une question stratégique en terme de rapport de force au sein du Parlement Européen (un groupe Greens/EFA à 70 membres pourrait ravir la 3ème place au sein du Parlement Européen au groupe que tente de former Marine LePen) et au sein même des Verts européens, traditionnellement organisés autour des députés verts allemands.

Le mouvement de Beppe Grillo est souvent présenté comme une version italienne de la vague de populisme présente partout en Europe. Pourtant, ce qui distingue fondamentalement le mouvement « 5 étoiles » de celui des partis populistes « bottés » présents au sein du Parlement Européen vient de l’usage du digital comme lieu de décision et de pouvoir. Ainsi, ce jeudi, l’ensemble des membres du mouvement voteront pour choisir le groupe où siègeront leurs députés européens.  Ce vote par internet pourrait très bien donner une majorité pour un partenariat environnemental…

Le texte ci-dessous, publié en Europe ce week end, fait suite aux échanges de Sauvons l’Europe avec Angelo Consoli sur la similitude qui existe entre le parcours des députés européens « 5 étoiles » nouvellement élus et celui de ceux qui composaient la liste EELV en 2009. Une palette de personnalités de la société civile italienne ayant un long passé de militant écologiste et citoyens.



Toxic smoke raising
to the 
high terraces,
while on main streets 

mortal traffic honks and screams. 

and in the city streets 
boiling gasoline tanks
as soul killers give off their 
sour smell of dioxine
Poison  factory workers
make deazy birds
flee to cleaner countries
This poem, parody of Giosuè Carducci’s all time favourite school classic « Saint Martin », was written  in 1976 by a 7 years old kid under the strong impression of the ICMESA dioxine spill disaster  in the Meda/Seveso area.
That kid was called Dario Tamburrano and he is now an MEP.
He was elected on the 25th of May  for the Italian 5 Star Movement.
Since he wrote this poem, he became one of the most distinguished Italian ecologist, conjugating his medical practice with a very militant environmental activity.
That includes the participation to the ASPO (Association for the Study on Peak Oil), actions in support for food and agriculture transition towards an oil free model, permaculture activities. Dario’s activities extend to free and collaborative  translation of books by Lester Brown’s, Rob Hopkins, Jorgen Renders, Loretta Napoleoni books,  and of several works of the « Post Carbon Institute », and of the European Green Group including « Europe and the peak oil » by Benoit Thévard.

Dario is no exception in 17 strong « 5 Star » platoon to the European Parliament.

Each and every one of them is a « warrior for the environment and justice » and a convinced ecologist.
Never in the past so many « ecology activists » have been elected to the European Parliament by a single country.
And it would be a shame  if they did not find place in their natural house, the Green Group.

Lets’ take « Spartan warrior » Rosa D’Amato, from Taranto (founded by the Spartans with the name of « Taras »one of the Capitals of « Greater Greece » – Magna Grecia). Rosa has been engaged for years in the fight against the ILVA steel plant. She extended from protesting to proposing a Third Industrial Revolution new economic model for Taranto.

A model in which wealth can be produced without sacrifying the environment and the citizens’health to large industrial groups profits.

She is bringing to Strasbourg the will to survive, re-heal and thrive of the Taranto Citizenship, by confiscating to the owners the resources necessary to reclame the land and bring it back to its original biodiversity and beauty, starting a new grassrooth economy made of naturalistic tourism, archeological parks, eno gastronomical experiences and 3D printing distributed industrial networking.

Ignazio Corrao, another « ecological warrior », elected in Sicily with 71.000 votes, where he’s been advocating energy, food and economy sovereignty, through a zero waste, zero emission zero km (short food supply chain) scenario. 30 years old, Ignazio was appointed head of the 5 Star delegation.

Also Marco Zanni, is a fighter for short, medium and long-term plans for local renewable energy, reducing fossil dependance well beyond the 20 20 20 targets.

Both Ignazio and Marco see « energy as the single most important challenge facing Europe while the oil price bell curve makes it anti economical already now »

They insist that rather than keeping a fossile centralized energy model Europe should instead be « accelerating the transition towards a solar future dramatically increasing energy efficiency practices and the introduction of solar distributed energy technologies and re defining the society around an ecological vision where goods and services are produced locally with minimum impact on the environment, maximizing tele working and the use of smart technologies such as additive manufacturing, enabling the community to grow out of the laws of profit and into the sharing and empathic network economy ».

Also Marco Affronte with his experience in the CERT (Cetacean Emergency Response Team) dealing with the protection and the conservation of marine environment, developping programs of whale and dolphins watching in the northern Adriatic sea seems a Natural candidate to enter the European parliament Green Group.

Marco wrote several books aiming ad the development of a widspread sensitivity towards our « brothers in the sea ».

Another natural « green » candidate would definitely be for David Borrelli, after he has been committed for years in the fight to drive the City of Treviso (Veneto) towards a sustainable « Zero Waste » policy and to introduce sustainable pratices in all public offices, schools and SMEs with bio-climatica best practices, PV systems and sustainable energy efficient buildings.

Isabella Adinolfi, archeologist and cultural heritage expert who was born in Salerno but lives in Brussels, where she participates in projects for sustainable agriculture and grassroot economy non speculative financing sounds like another perfect contributor to the European Green Group.

Likewise Piernicola Pedicini, theoretical physicist and doctor specialized in nuclear medicine research working in the oncological department of Rionero in Vulture Hospital.

He has been an active participant to environmental defense activities in a region (Basilicata) where oil drilling, nuclear deposit and illegal toxic waste dump in sites such as Rotondella, Genzano, Scanzano Jonico and Tito Scalo have required extra attention from the « environment warriors » in actions of civil resistance and public disclosure of the dangers for public health and environment preservation.

Likewise Sardinian biologist Giulia Moi specialized in non chemical oncological pharmacological research at the King’s College of London and fellow at the Stiefel/Glaxo Smith-Kline pharmaceutical company, where she claims discovering a molecule from a South African forest plant useful to cure several forms of cancer in a natural way.

She is also very active in the local Sardinian anti-GMO campaign for the. protection of the local bio diversity

Laura Ferrara, experienced social worker from Calabria, is deeply committed to the cause of the most destitute people, prisoners, illegal immigrants.

Her idea that « effective equal opportunity means that for a woman, the desire of maternity should not imply giving up her job, or viceversa the professional ambition should not mean the need to procrastinate her desire of maternity? » does not seem to fit with with the standard thinking of Mr Farage and the likes of him.

Daniela Aiuto, expert in sustainable bio-architecture is an architect committed to the valorization of local assetts and landscape.

Tiziana Beghin a business consultant is engaged in programs in favour of local SMEs, to help them make it in globalized economy where financial crisis kill local entrapreuership and innovation in favour of cheap goods coming from Eastern countries.

Laura Agea, is a sociologist/psycologist with a Master in business administration, committed to the preservation of the local bio diversity as the main assett for sustainable tourism and cultural progress.

Giulia Gibertoni, is contemporary art expert and sociologist committed to the maximum access for all citizen to the means for cultural elevation and to the widspread dissemination of Corporate Social Responsibility and ethical communication.

Eleonora Evi is a design expert who wrote the essay (in English) « Design for growth and prosperity » as a new strategic way to design products in a durable way fighting the planned obsolescence that dramatically increases the quantity of products and goods that end up in landfills. She supports the idea that responsible design helps creating citizenry awareness and sustainable communities.

Fabio Massimo Castaldo, is a roman lawyer who launched the idea of a « 2.0 Europe », a culture and solidarity driven community in which no citizen is left behind, through the application of a guaranteed social salary for all (reddito di cittadinanza), and Marco Valli, who is deeply committed to an idea of Europe that beats the « immoral concentration of wealth in just a few hands in detriment of the interst of all » by transitioning towards an ecological reconversion of the economy, introducing new paradigms not driven by « greed and profit » but by the « export of rights » and the replacement of the « fiscal compact » with a new and more acceptable « social compact ».

Does that not sound like that « Green New Deal » that the whole of the Green Group in the European parliament is deeply committed to?

All these Italian « Ecology and Justice Warriors » are the same kind of people standing for the same social and ecologic value as the Green MEPs.

I am absolutely sure that they would perform wonders in the next five years, if they were given the chance to join efforts.

Now, I know that the European negociations of the 5 Stars Movement have started on the wrong foot because Beppe Grillo has been misled by ill informed advisors who set the wrong meeting priorities.

And it certainly it was a gross communication error that the letter to Voula Tsetsi contained a detailed, almost pedantic illustration of the the 7 points for Europe (which make no reference to the environment) while there was no mention to the meaning of the 5 Stars, all ecological strongholds (like renewable energy, zero emission transports, zero waste, public water and free WI FI).

Beppe Grillo on ARTE Ingenerous and partial representation

One cannot give it for granted when addressing people living in Brussels and who probably know of the 5 Star Movement only from the ungenerous description made by the ARTE TV a couple of months back.

The 5 Star meet-ups were all created around local environment issues by Beppe Grillo’s blog readers wanting to engage in social action against a local incinerator, polluting industrial plant, coal or oil fired power stations, useless, costly harming large project such as the TAP pipeline, the TAV high speed train, unnecessary re-gasifiers, and so on.

For years Beppe Grillo’s blog has been the loudest free voice in Italy standing for ecologic values, against soil and land consumption, for consumers protection and in defence of the interest of small savers and investors, as well as against corruption, financial speculation and economic decay.

Beppe Grillo’s blog has also been the main channel into the country for the innovative ideas of people such as Jeremy Rifkin, Amartya Sen, Jo Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Vandana Shiva, Paul Connett and the like of them while the rest of the nation was going down the drain in an orgy of silly TV reality shows on Berlusconi’s and Rai channels. I must also add that until very recently, Beppe Grillo’s blog is the only media that gave voice to my scream against the Brussels « coup »against renewable energies crafted by Commissioner Almunìa, that no other media in Italy dared publishing for its inconvenience to energy monopolies.

All this cannot be removed just because Beppe Grillo made a mistake in choosing his European strategies advisors.

In any case Beppe Grillo does not need any defense from me because he is very good at defending himself.

Instead I would like to address all of the MEPs from the Green Group in the European Parliament (some of whom I know personally, and all of whom I hold in the highest consideration) with this question:

Aren’t you curious to meet your Italian colleagues from the 5 Star Movement?

Aren’t you willing to estabish a personal report to the kind of persons I have tried to briefly and modestly describe above?

Wouldn’t you like to invite them to exchange views and experiences over a drink or two?

I am sure you would

So why don’t you launch a public call to meet them for an « open bar » in Brussels at the mutual earliest convenience?

Will this look like a public disavowal of the understandeably cautious position of your Secretary General Vula Tsetsi, a position that I perfectly understand and totally respect considering the situation?

I don’t think so.

For what I know of your group in the European Parliament, you have enough respect for the indivudual prerogatives and self determination to accept that consenting adults can meet who they want, when they want, where they want.

Will they accept?

Frankly I don’t know.

But aren’t you curious to find out?

Post Scriptum

More details about the 17 5 Star MEPs

Post Post Scriptum

While I was writing tis post, Ignazio Corrao, hed of the delegation, was hitch-hiking to Brussels.

Hopefully he will be making it by the 1st of July for the opening of the Parliament…


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