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Mobility, sociologist: “Covid has not undermined the desire to share”

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“Covid has not undermined the desire to share. Resilient Italians are ready to change their habits. Changing is always difficult, but it is inevitable ”. This was stated by Paolo Crepet, a highly experienced sociologist and psychiatrist, commenting on the data that emerged from the Bva-Doxa research commissioned by the Groupama Observatory. According to Crepet, “in these difficult months, Italians have gained new awareness, have developed new sensitivities and seem more inclined to accept changes. During the lockdown we saw our cities emptied of cars and we liked them. Our perception changed. of the concept of freedom “. According to the sociologist and psychiatrist, “we are aware that the cities of the future will have to be rethought, with historic centers increasingly dedicated to people and even peripheral districts with a professional vocation, with spaces for public offices and businesses. How our life in cities will change. it will depend a lot on the Municipalities, on the policies that the Mayors will adopt. Let us be clear though: every change is not decided ‘hic et nunc’, but must always be supported by the courage of great ideas. And at the basis of every change there must be a vision and above all a good dose of dreams “. Reading the data from the Observatory, “I am comforted to know that Italians have not stopped dreaming. But implementing change within society is not easy: it is a slow process, decades long, easy to think but difficult to achieve. All ‘origin there is always a well-rooted will that starts from the base, from the citizens, who are often far ahead of those who govern them. One thing that is unlikely to change is the strong bond of Italians with their own safe-haven assets: among these, I am not surprised that cars are still at the top. ” “After all – explains Crepet – in Italy the car has always been a myth, an icon that has marked the history of this country. In the future cars will change, they will become more and more miniature since they do not have children, they will be more and more aesthetically beautiful than practical, but they will remain an indispensable safe haven. I must also say that I do not agree with those who think that after the pandemic nothing will be the same again. Fortunately, when we get out of this emergency situation, many things will return to normal instead ‘, they will return to the way they were before. But the sign of Covid will remain in our heads and there will be a great challenge ahead of us. First of all, the future is no longer scary “. According to the sociologist, Italians “have learned to dare: it doesn’t surprise me that they ask for full-electric or hydrogen cars, who want to see cars disappear from the streets of their cities,” hidden “in convenient and accessible underground parking lots. Covid is growing a new green consciousness, which must involve everyone: not only young people, who are more trained to change, but all generations and social groups. Our frailties are nothing compared to the fragility of the world, which we have discovered to be non-existent. more solid and immutable but subject to the attacks of nature, as in the case of this pandemic. We have learned that we must take care of the planet as we do ourselves “.” We now have the opportunity to act responsibly to preserve beauty. The future of the country is a future of beauty, which must be helped and cultivated. The liveability of our cities will be played out on easy, ecological, silent transport. On cultural services. craftsmanship and not just industry. On the network of villages, to be enhanced and rediscovered. Covid was a shock to our routine, an engine to rethink the future that is built with vision and dream. Italy needs vision and dreams ”concludes Crepet.

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