some years security issues have became the central point of
awareness of the public opinion. The watershed is represented
by the terrorist act of September 11.
After the tragic event of the Twin Towers, the world has begun
questioning about the security.
This debate has often been focused just on one single point
of view of the problem, suffering distortion and increasing
the levels of the conflicts in all over the world.
The origin of this misunderstanding is how we approach security
issues. Frequently, in the northern countries of the world,
security has been synonymous of a military answer to the terrorism
and to the organized criminality.
It's a simplistic approach that only helps avoid all the problems
related to the big insecurities caused by an economic, social
and environmental decay that worries the world citizens.
The annual report of "The State of the World 2005"
about the Earth status, published by World Watch Institute
(WWI), turns upside down this vision and puts at the same
level terrorist and criminal acts as well the poverty, the
lack of drinking water and the endemic diseases.
Environmental and international organizations have supported
this kind of approach, since the concept of development of
sustainable system has been consolidated.
The approach to the sustainability means to connect different
phenomena discovering the interconnections and balancing the
weight and the measures.
A world without a balanced distribution of resources and of
development opportunities for a better life is an insecure
Without proper solutions for the Planet's big social and environmental
problems, there won't be any progress. The 'military' option
as a solution is not acceptable and represents a "NO
solution", which avoids all the problems to postpone
them in another time and in a different geographic location.
"I'm convinced that today the world is faced up to three
challenges interrelated - says Mikhail Gorbaciov, Green
Cross President and founder, introducing the WWI report
- the security (that includes the risks related to the mass
destruction weapons and to the terrorism), the poverty and
the underdevelopment, and the environmental sustainability".
In a world that is more and more interrelated and globalized,
the problems, suffered by the distant populations with different
cultures, "travel" quickly and generate lacks of
balance and insecurities also in the industrial world. For
that reason it's important to commit oneself totally also
on those projects that could seem far from the environmental
classical approach as well as Green Cross does with
the "Legacy" project for the dismantlement of the
mass destruction weapons.
Green Cross Italia Vice - President