to Save the Earth is a Human Duty

to save earth is a human duty

The online conference “to Save the Earth is a Human Duty” takes place on the occasion of the Earth Day 2022 and the birthday of the Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini. The Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world, a unique moment in which all citizens unite to celebrate Earth and to safeguard it from exploitation.

More than thirty years ago, Rita Levi-Montalcini supported the idea of a Declaration of Human Duties, an ethical code of shared responsibility to preserve human dignity, protect the environment and maintain peace among populations.

To analyze the ethical and juridical foundations of the environmental commitment and its aspects related to sustainability and people well-being, outstanding figures from enterprise and academia will be in dialogue on the WEB.

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22 April 2022 at 15.00 CEST (9.00 EDT)


Joanne Fox Przeworski is the former Director for North America of the United Nations Environment Program and previously the Coordinator for Sustainable Development and Principal Administrator for Environment and Development at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. She founded the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and directed its first masters program at Bard College. Dr. Fox Przeworski has consulted and lectured on environment and sustainable development in the Ukraine, China, France and Argentina as well as the U.S.

Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy is the Chairman of illycaffè SpA. He is co-founder of the Ernesto Illy Foundation and co-chairman of the Regenerative Society Foundation. Recognized as a coffee authority, he is a passionate supporter of the stakeholder company business model, and firmly advocates for corporate responsibility as means to improve society. Among his several recognitions, Andrea Illy was named Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic.

Professor Paolo Vineis

Professor Paolo Vineis leads the Exposome and Health theme of the MRC Centre for Environmentand Health at Imperial College and he is currently Visiting Professor at the Italian Institute of Technology (Genova, Italy). Prof. Vineis is a leading researcher in the fields of molecular epidemiology and exposomics. His latest research activities mainly focus on examining biomarkers of disease risk, complex exposures and intermediate biomarkers in large epidemiological studies, as well as studying the effects of climate change on non-communicable diseases.

Professor Roberto Scarciglia

Dr. Scarciglia is a retired professor of Comparative Law from The University of Trieste, and he worked at the University from 1996 to 2021, and served as dean of the faculty of political sciences. He is a leading researcher in the fields of comparative methodology, multiculturalism and fundamental rights. Dr. Scarciglia is an elected member of International Academy of Comparative Law, Paris.

Piera Levi Montalcini

Entrepreneur and CEO of a company producing electronic equipment, Piera Levi-Montalcini is the daughter of the famous architect Gino Levi-Montalcini, Rita's brother . She is President of Associazione Levi-Montalcini.

Sergio Paoletti

Sergio Paoletti is the President of the International Council of Human Duties – ICHD. He is professor emeritus at the University of Trieste, where he served as Professor of Biochemistry, Vice Rector and Acting Rector. His scientific interests have dealt with polymers from renewable resources and biomaterials in medicine. He was appointed Secretary General of ICHD under the presidency of Rita Levi-Montalcini, contributing to the diffusion of the principles of the Declaration of Human Duties.

Raimondo Orsini

Since 2008 Raimondo Orsini is the Director of Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, a no-profit organization promoting strategic themes about the green economy: circular economy, climate, energy, green cities and sustainable mobility. Mr. Orsini has worked, among others, as advisor environment and energy at the International Union of Railways (UIC). He also took part in several working groups at the European Commission, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum.