Senator Guido Girardi: “Chile can play a central role in saving humanity” – Senate – Republic of Chile

The parliamentarian maintained that our country must be the protagonist of the energy transition in the world and also reviewed the most remembered initiatives of his legislative career.

“Chile -having the most irradiated desert on the planet and the highest winds in Patagonia in the world- could provide clean energy, hydrogen -the fuel of the future- to all humanity”. So he predicted Senator Guido Girardi in the program TvSenado Depth of Fields. That thought sums up the interest in future policies that have marked his career, especially in the Upper House.

The president of the Future Challenges, Science, Technology and Innovation Commission reiterated the call to develop science. “Chile can play a central role in saving humanity! And we’re on a small, selfish, low-flying policy with these gigantic opportunities. We have a responsibility to humanity. Besides that it can be a gigantic business; It is as if Saudi Arabia had not exploited the oil when it was discovered. Do you think they would have done that? Never. We are doing that and it is very serious,” he explained.

“We allocate a pittance to innovation, to science: 0.36% of the product when the average of the WTO -where Chile is a part- that groups European countries is 2.4%. Chile lowers the average,” he added.

For the senator “only with the Atacama desert could solar energy be converted into hydrogen and although investment must be made for the process and storage, in this first stage of transformation, another flank opens up since cars and other vehicles will be electric” .

“A car requires 100 kilos of copper, a bus 400 kilos and a truck 500 kilos of copper. Where are they going to get the copper? of Chilean copper. Chile can help the energy transition,” he pointed out, complementing that “not to mention the role of lithium in the supply of batteries.”


These types of reflections are a hallmark that characterizes Senator Guido Girardi as the main promoter of the Future Congress (CF) that for more than a decade has brought together scientific and social thought available to all and with direct participation of citizens. An appointment that he did not hesitate to underline as one of his legacies.

“It has become one of the four science events considered the most important in the world. It is very difficult to undertake a project like this and that at 11 years old is growing and developing. We have about three million people who follow us, when we do it in person, 40,000 people arrive, we do it in all regions, it is not a centralist thing, many young people participate, scientists come, philosophers from around the world”, described the parliamentarian.

It should be noted that in addition to having Nobel Prize winners in their meetings, there are guests who come at zero cost because they are free activities, including the versions for children and young people. “Furthermore, in the Commission of the Future -perhaps the only place of strategic thinking that Chile has- we have more than 800 scientists and scientists working on country projects,” he added, describing advances such as the hydrogen commission, artificial intelligence or the gestation of the Ministry of bouquet among other milestones.

“I am going to continue collaborating together with the universities, with the academy of sciences so that the Future Congress can continue. This implies time; you have to read a book a week, review more than 20 scientific journals every week to generate that process. We have already earned recognition, when we call for Nobel Prize winners they already know CF”, he added.


Not only the Future Congress and the permanent commission of the Senate are among the highlights of this congressman weeks from completing his last term as a parliamentarian. From his role as deputy and senator, the legislator recalls two other issues –both recent-: the food labeling law and neurorights.

“Perhaps the most important law I made was the labeling law (of food), of the black seals, which became a world model that was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO), by the FAO of the United Nations. . We received an award that I donated to INTA at the University of Chile and it has become one of the most ambitious models. I think there are few laws –perhaps none- with the importance of this law”, he said.

On neurorights, he thanked the collaboration of one of the most important neuroscience teams on the planet led by Rafael Yuste, world director of the Brain project. “Our neurorights law that regulates direct neurotechnologies that can read the brain or can put ideas, emotions, life stories, is a world model. That is to say, we have made two laws – black seals and neuro-rights – that are perhaps the only ones that have been globalized, that are part of the world debate”, he concluded.

In addition, its contribution to the end of the guarantee check in health, the prohibition of fireworks, the Cholito law, the regulations on alcohol and tobacco, universal organ donation, drug laws, patient rights, the Ministry of sciences, the minimum internet speed or his defense of public health and social rights complete the retrospective of a work carried out with dedication in both wings of the National Congress.

Check out the full interview on TV Senado and on the official YouTube channel: TV Senado Chile.

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Senator Guido Girardi: “Chile can play a central role in saving humanity” – Senate – Republic of Chile