By Michelle Rahimi
Italy is in the grip of its worst period of extreme weather in recent history. There has been a non-stop influx of record high temperatures, wildfires, hailstorms, tornadoes, and mudslides.
It is predicted from a leading climate expert that this may be the “new normal,” for Italy.
The first economic sector to suffer the consequences of the climate crisis was agriculture, with a year’s worth of fruit and vegetables lost in a matter of moments.
Climate experts are stating that Italians are seeing the impact of a lack of action towards climate change.
France has begun to require people to a show a QR code proving they have special virus pass before they can enjoy restaurants, cafes, or travel across the country.
The plan has been implemented by the government to encourage more people to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot as well as slow down a surge in infections. Over half the population in France is vaccinated.
The special pass is issued to people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have proof of a recent recovery from the virus or who have a recent negative test.
The measure has initiated strong opposition from some people who say it compromises their freedoms by limiting movements and daily activities outside the home.
On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators marched in Paris and other French cities for a fourth consecutive week of protests against the health pass.
About the author:
Michelle Rahimi is a Diplomacy and International Relation’s Master’s candidate at the School for International Training, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States of America.
She obtains an extensive passion for international relations with first-hand knowledge from traveling across many countries and is experienced in working with different teams and individuals from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.