“In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home”
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis
May 24, 2015
“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.
We need a conversation that includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affects us all” (14)
“We urgently need a humanism capable of bringing together the different fields of knowledge, including economics, in the service of a more integral and integrating vision. Today, the analysis of environmental problems cannot be separated from the analysis of human, family, work related and urban contexts, nor from how individuals relate to themselves, which leads in turn to how they relate to others and to the environment” (#141).
"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?"
“The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound
Leave your GREEN MARK on the Planet!
The human tendency towards the destruction of nature does not allow anyone to seek refuge in indifference. Art for Evolution, a nonprofit organization, born in the United States in 2013, proposes the GREEN on GRAY project.
This plan involves people working on a planetary scale to generate an ecological behavior that leads to a solution of the environmental crisis.
The Founder Analia Bordenave, an ecological Artist, is focused on awakening the environmental care. Involving the society in the eco-art performance, “Leave Your Green Mark on the World.”
"BE PRAISED" is considered the most important call to action in order to reverse the harm done to the planet and put an end to self-destruction. The Pope dedicates 184 pages to the environmental issues and refers to himself, not as a scientist or a politician, but a spiritual guide and an aware citizen.
This letter is directed towards every single person on the planet, the same as the Pope's message, our participatory eco-art does not make any racial, religious, social or sexual distinction. Furthermore, this addresses the perfection that every human being has in his nature.
"The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth," Francis said. "In many parts of the planet, the elder lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish."
A mark is left on this planet as a consequence of our lifestyle.
Will this be a scar or a positive impact?
Our ecological conversion will be the mark that Pope Francis hopes to leave in our humanity. This mark will forever remain on earth in the shape of a public park, which will be an ecological and cultural heritage for all future generations.
the harmony between the human race and nature.
to insure that no one will accept being a mere passive spectator of future ecological disasters.
"Lest we rather be beings that leave their print to stop environmental destructiveness, then to be remembered as the ones who contributed to the species extinction."
It is a pleasure for me, to invite you to join to Pope Francis and
LEAVE YOUR GREEN MARK which will give a fantastic possibility of beginning
a work of eco-art together with nature, which with the passage of time
will finish our art-work."
To Create a cultural revolution of resilience
To take care the environment and the poorest
To build a better world for future generations
To preserve water and nutrition as a fundamental right
To reduce the effects of the corporate world on the environment
To restore the balance between the environment and humanity
To respect the right of all animal l species
On the effects of the market on the environment
“Once more, we need to reject a magical conception of the market, which would suggest that problems can be solved simply by an increase in the profits of companies or individuals. Is it realistic to hope that those who are obsessed with maximizing profits will stop to reflect on the environmental damage which they will leave behind for future generations? Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention” (#190).
On the right balance with the respect of the environment and humanity
“This situation has led to a constant schizophrenia, wherein a technocracy which sees no intrinsic value in lesser beings coexists with the other extreme, which sees no special value in human beings.
But one cannot prescind from humanity. There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature without a renewal of humanity itself.
There can be no ecology without an adequate anthropology” (#118).
On science and technology as a belief system
“It can be said that many problems of today’s world stem from the tendency, at times unconscious, to make the method and aims of science and technology an epistemological paradigm which shapes the lives of individuals and the workings of society. The effects of imposing this model on reality as a whole, human and social, are seen in the deterioration of the environment, but this is just one sign of a reductionism which affects every aspect of human and social life” (#106).
On water as a fundamental right
“One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor…. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity” (#29-30).
On social media’s effects on our culture
“When media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously…. True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. “Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature” (#47).
On the problem of modern day politics
“That is why, in the absence of pressure from the public and from civic institutions, political authorities will always be reluctant to intervene, all the more when urgent needs must be met. To take up these responsibilities and the costs they entail, politicians will inevitably clash with the mindset of short-term gain and results which dominates present-day economics and politics. But if they are courageous, they will attest to their God-given dignity and leave behind a testimony of selfless responsibility” (#181).
On science and technology as a belief system
“It can be said that many problems of today’s world stem from the tendency, at times unconscious, to make the method and aims of science and technology an epistemological paradigm which shapes the lives of individuals and the workings of society.
The effects of imposing this model on reality as a whole, human and social, are seen in the deterioration of the environment, but this is just one sign of a reductionism which affects every aspect of human and social life” (#106).
On hope in this situation
“Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning.
We are able to take an honest look at ourselves, to acknowledge our deep dissatisfaction, and to embark on new paths to authentic freedom. No system can completely suppress our openness to what is good, true and beautiful, or our God-given ability to respond to his grace at work deep in our hearts.
I appeal to everyone throughout the world not to forget this dignity which is ours. No one has the right to take it from us. (#205)”
On the animal and vegetal species right
"It is not enough, however, to think of different species merely as potential “resources” to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves. Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost for ever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right"(#33).
On global warming
“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.” (#23). (For more on global warming and climate change see, #24-26, #52, #169-170, #172, #175, #181 #188.)
On the environment and the poor
“The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet: ‘Both everyday experience and scientific research show that the gravest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poorest’” (#48).
“When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality. In this horizon, a genuine sense of the common good also disappears” (#204).
On the false belief in technology
“There is a tendency to believe that every increase in power means ‘an increase of “progress” itself’, an advance in ‘security, usefulness, welfare and vigour; …an assimilation of new values into the stream of culture’, as if reality, goodness and truth automatically flow from technological and economic power as such. The fact is that ‘contemporary man has not been trained to use power well’, because our immense technological development has not been accompanied by a development in human responsibility, values and conscience. Each age tends to have only a meagre awareness of its own limitations. It is possible that we do not grasp the gravity of the challenges now before us” (#105).
“Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of ‘reproductive health’…. To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues” (#50).
On transgender issues
“Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek ‘to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it’” (#120).
On what we individally can do to help the environment
"Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling,
turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. All of these reflect a generous and worthy creativity which brings out the best in human beings. Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love which expresses our own dignity. (#211)
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