40. In reality, those who enjoy more and live better each moment are those who have given up dipping here and there, always on the look-out for what they do not have. , 9. Pollution, waste and the throwaway culture. 79. The Lord was able to invite others to be attentive to the beauty that there is in the world because he himself was in constant touch with nature, lending it an attention full of fondness and wonder. 138. The principle of the maximization of profits, frequently isolated from other considerations, reflects a misunderstanding of the very concept of the economy. Nevertheless, self-improvement on the part of individuals will not by itself remedy the extremely complex situation facing our world today. Dysentery and cholera, linked to inadequate hygiene and water supplies, are a significant cause of suffering and of infant mortality. It is no coincidence that, in the canticle in which Saint Francis praises God for his creatures, he goes on to say: âPraised be you my Lord, through those who give pardon for your loveâ. These valleys are what my Beloved is to meâ. The earthâs resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production. 144. 55. The created things of this world are not free of ownership: âFor they are yours, O Lord, who love the livingâ (Wis 11:26). There are no uniform recipes, because each country or region has its own problems and limitations. The Spirit of life dwells in every living creature and calls us to enter into relationship with him. International and regional conventions do exist, but fragmentation and the lack of strict mechanisms of regulation, control and penalization end up undermining these efforts. Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it. Gen 1:28), to âtill it and keep itâ (Gen 2:15). But we need to grow in the conviction that a decrease in the pace of production and consumption can at times give rise to another form of progress and development. 199. Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment. JOHN CHRYSSAVGIS, On Earth as in Heaven: Ecological Vision and Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Bronx, New York, 2012.  We can say that âalongside revelation properly so-called, contained in sacred Scripture, there is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of nightâ. So what they all need is an âecological conversionâ, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Encountering God does not mean fleeing from this world or turning our back on nature. As a result, some species face extinction. In the family we receive an integral education, which enables us to grow harmoniously in personal maturity. Efforts need to be made to help these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity and not a threat to our deepest riches. Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live. Amid this confusion, postmodern humanity has not yet achieved a new self-awareness capable of offering guidance and direction, and this lack of identity is a source of anxiety.  Hence Saint Justin could speak of âseeds of the Wordâ in the world; cf. 62. 161. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty.  The modification of nature for useful purposes has distinguished the human family from the beginning; technology itself âexpresses the inner tension that impels man gradually to overcome material limitationsâ. We have to dare to speak of the integrity of human life, of the need to promote and unify all the great values. The same mindset which stands in the way of making radical decisions to reverse the trend of global warming also stands in the way of achieving the goal of eliminating poverty. If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the absence of indisputable proof. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the areas in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good. A misguided anthropocentrism leads to a misguided lifestyle.  Consequently, we can ascend from created things âto the greatness of God and to his loving mercyâ.. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. In those countries which should be making the greatest changes in consumer habits, young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment. None is superfluous.  JOHN PAUL II, Catechesis (26 January 2000), 5: Insegnamenti 23/1 (2000), 123. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning. It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. It sometimes happens that complete information is not put on the table; a selection is made on the basis of particular interests, be they politico-economic or ideological.  Nonetheless, once our human capacity for contemplation and reverence is impaired, it becomes easy for the meaning of work to be misunderstood. THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologiae, I, q. Now his creative omnipotence was given pride of place in order to exhort the people to regain their hope in the midst of their wretched predicament. The sheer novelty involved in the emergence of a personal being within a material universe presupposes a direct action of God and a particular call to life and to relationship on the part of a âThouâ who addresses himself to another âthouâ. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire âCatholic worldâ and indeed âto all men and women of good willâ. For longer texts, use the world's best online translator! Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature. Economies of scale, especially in the agricultural sector, end up forcing smallholders to sell their land or to abandon their traditional crops. They are able to instil a greater sense of responsibility, a strong sense of community, a readiness to protect others, a spirit of creativity and a deep love for the land. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products. He was completely present to everyone and to everything, and in this way he showed us the way to overcome that unhealthy anxiety which makes us superficial, aggressive and compulsive consumers. 27. It seeks also to restore the various levels of ecological equilibrium, establishing harmony within ourselves, with others, with nature and other living creatures, and with God. The outcome may be a decision not to proceed with a given project, to modify it or to consider alternative proposals. But we should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst, whereby we continue to tolerate some considering themselves more worthy than others. This leads us to direct our gaze to the end of time, when the Son will deliver all things to the Father, so that âGod may be everything to every oneâ (1 Cor 15:28). Such notions would end up creating new imbalances which would deflect us from the reality which challenges us. From professional translators, enterprises, web pages and freely available translation repositories. The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely.  Politics must pay greater attention to foreseeing new conflicts and addressing the causes which can lead to them. Modern anthropocentrism has paradoxically ended up prizing technical thought over reality, since âthe technological mind sees nature as an insensate order, as a cold body of facts, as a mere âgivenâ, as an object of utility, as raw material to be hammered into useful shape; it views the cosmos similarly as a mere âspaceâ into which objects can be thrown with complete indifferenceâ. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of an âecology of manâ, based on the fact that âman too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at willâ.  CATHOLIC BISHOPSâ CONFERENCE OF JAPAN, Reverence for Life. II. It has become countercultural to choose a lifestyle whose goals are even partly independent of technology, of its costs and its power to globalize and make us all the same.  BASIL THE GREAT, Hom.  Hom. This is not to put all living beings on the same level nor to deprive human beings of their unique worth and the tremendous responsibility it entails. We are able to take an honest look at ourselves, to acknowledge our deep dissatisfaction, and to embark on new paths to authentic freedom. 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. This in turn distorted our mandate to âhave dominionâ over the earth (cf. 99. âEvery violation of solidarity and civic friendship harms the environmentâ. 125. The translation is wrong or of bad quality. 8. As far as the protection of biodiversity and issues related to desertification are concerned, progress has been far less significant. So too is the Church. Greeting to the Staff of FAO (20 November 2014): AAS 106 (2014), 985. la acompaño y le acaricio la espalda, pero no se levanta". So far I have attempted to take stock of our present situation, pointing to the cracks in the planet that we inhabit as well as to the profoundly human causes of environmental degradation. An integral ecology is inseparable from the notion of the common good, a central and unifying principle of social ethics. Technology tends to absorb everything into its ironclad logic, and those who are surrounded with technology âknow full well that it moves forward in the final analysis neither for profit nor for the well-being of the human raceâ, that âin the most radical sense of the term power is its motive â a lordship over allâ. It is not enough to seek the beauty of design. 140. Frequently, when certain species are exploited commercially, little attention is paid to studying their reproductive patterns in order to prevent their depletion and the consequent imbalance of the ecosystem. I will then attempt to get to the roots of the present situation, so as to consider not only its symptoms but also its deepest causes. 78.  Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (14 June 1992), Principle 1.  The bishops of Japan, for their part, made a thought-provoking observation: âTo sense each creature singing the hymn of its existence is to live joyfully in Godâs love and hopeâ. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. In fact, there are âproposals to internationalize the Amazon, which only serve the economic interests of transnational corporationsâ. The land of the southern poor is rich and mostly unpolluted, yet access to ownership of goods and resources for meeting vital needs is inhibited by a system of commercial relations and ownership which is structurally perverse. Yet âwhile it is true that an unequal distribution of the population and of available resources creates obstacles to development and a sustainable use of the environment, it must nonetheless be recognized that demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared developmentâ. On the other hand, the forms of corruption which conceal the actual environmental impact of a given project, in exchange for favours, usually produce specious agreements which fail to inform adequately and to allow for full debate.  The ecological conversion needed to bring about lasting change is also a community conversion. Happiness means knowing how to limit some needs which only diminish us, and being open to the many different possibilities which life can offer. Decisions which may seem purely instrumental are in reality decisions about the kind of society we want to build. Yet God, who wishes to work with us and who counts on our cooperation, can also bring good out of the evil we have done. non vedi che è in rovina? Ecological culture cannot be reduced to a series of urgent and partial responses to the immediate problems of pollution, environmental decay and the depletion of natural resources. 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. 158. Relations between states must be respectful of each otherâs sovereignty, but must also lay down mutually agreed means of averting regional disasters which would eventually affect everyone. At the same time we can note the rise of a false or superficial ecology which bolsters complacency and a cheerful recklessness. We have certain superficial mechanisms, but we cannot claim to have a sound ethics, a culture and spirituality genuinely capable of setting limits and teaching clear-minded self-restraint. More precious still is the service we offer to another kind of beauty: peopleâs quality of life, their adaptation to the environment, encounter and mutual assistance. Look up words and phrases in comprehensive, reliable bilingual dictionaries and search through billions of online translations. DIALOGUE AND TRANSPARENCY IN DECISION-MAKING. In whose hands does all this power lie, or will it eventually end up? The problem of the real economy is not confronted with vigour, yet it is the real economy which makes diversification and improvement in production possible, helps companies to function well, and enables small and medium businesses to develop and create employment.  Canticle of the Creatures, in Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol.  It is good for humanity and the world at large when we believers better recognize the ecological commitments which stem from our convictions. Who will pay those costs and how? Lev 25:10). This tells us that the world came about as the result of a decision, not from chaos or chance, and this exalts it all the more. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Political powers do not find it easy to assume this duty in the work of nation-building. In practice, we continue to tolerate that some consider themselves more human than others, as if they had been born with greater rights. But we also need the personal qualities of self-control and willingness to learn from one another. Gen 2:2-3; Ex 16:23; 20:10). Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. These ancient stories, full of symbolism, bear witness to a conviction which we today share, that everything is interconnected, and that genuine care for our own lives and our relationships with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and faithfulness to others.  We cannot fail to praise the commitment of international agencies and civil society organizations which draw public attention to these issues and offer critical cooperation, employing legitimate means of pressure, to ensure that each government carries out its proper and inalienable responsibility to preserve its countryâs environment and natural resources, without capitulating to spurious local or international interests. More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Here also, the poor end up paying the price. In this sense, we stand naked and exposed in the face of our ever-increasing power, lacking the wherewithal to control it.  UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good (15 June 2001). 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. Merely technical solutions run the risk of addressing symptoms and not the more serious underlying problems. The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration. A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power.  Our capacity to make decisions, a more genuine freedom and the space for each oneâs alternative creativity are diminished. There is also pollution that affects everyone, caused by transport, industrial fumes, substances which contribute to the acidification of soil and water, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and agrotoxins in general. In many places, following the introduction of these crops, productive land is concentrated in the hands of a few owners due to âthe progressive disappearance of small producers, who, as a consequence of the loss of the exploited lands, are obliged to withdraw from direct productionâ. We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity. 1 Cor 13:12), and be able to read with admiration and happiness the mystery of the universe, which with us will share in unending plenitude. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness. Outside the Catholic Church, other Churches and Christian communities â and other religions as well â have expressed deep concern and offered valuable reflections on issues which all of us find disturbing. 226. She is the Woman, âclothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve starsâ (Rev 12:1). We thank you for being with us each day. The famous Hymn to brother sun appears as a powerful poetically significant documentation of the position of the person who lives a Eucharistically defined existence and who, because, of this, knows how to recognize every creature in their, Capítulo su informe sobre los últimos tres años y el nuevo libro de, to the Chapter the reports on the last three years and the new, En el Tribunal de Primera Instancia de las Comunidades Europeas se ha presentado el 7 de enero de 2004 un recurso contra la Oficina de, Armonización del Mercado Interior formulado por, An action against the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market was brought before the Court of First Instance of, the European Communities on 7 January 2004 by Shaker, This lively liturgy under nearly mediterranean. We have not yet managed to adopt a circular model of production capable of preserving resources for present and future generations, while limiting as much as possible the use of non-renewable resources, moderating their consumption, maximizing their efficient use, reusing and recycling them. 43. The foreign debt of poor countries has become a way of controlling them, yet this is not the case where ecological debt is concerned. Laudato si' (24 May Page 6/27 All it takes is one good person to restore hope! English (US) Espaol Portugus Laudato si' O mi' Signore. Such evasiveness serves as a licence to carrying on with our present lifestyles and models of production and consumption. Today, it is the case that some economic sectors exercise more power than states themselves.  In other words, âhuman costs always include economic costs, and economic dysfunctions always involve human costsâ. We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature. Otherwise, even the best ecological initiatives can find themselves caught up in the same globalized logic. Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love which expresses our own dignity. But then, unexpectedly, the prologue goes on to say that this same Word âbecame fleshâ (Jn 1:14). In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I noted that the practical relativism typical of our age is âeven more dangerous than doctrinal relativismâ. The expansion of these crops has the effect of destroying the complex network of ecosystems, diminishing the diversity of production and affecting regional economies, now and in the future. This simple example shows that, while the existing world order proves powerless to assume its responsibilities, local individuals and groups can make a real difference. 5 talking about this. A technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world and an integrally higher quality of life cannot be considered progress. If present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us. Account must also be taken of the pollution produced by residue, including dangerous waste present in different areas. As he said of the powers of his own age: âYou know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. The developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programmes of sustainable development. I. A true âecological debtâ exists, particularly between the global north and south, connected to commercial imbalances with effects on the environment, and the disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries over long periods of time.  BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate (29 June 2009) 2: AAS 101 (2009), 642. 21. Each organism, as a creature of God, is good and admirable in itself; the same is true of the harmonious ensemble of organisms existing in a defined space and functioning as a system.  Some authors have emphasized the values frequently found, for example, in the villas, chabolas or favelas of Latin America: cf. The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in this world and overcome every form of evil. Our openness to others, each of whom is a âthouâ capable of knowing, loving and entering into dialogue, remains the source of our nobility as human persons.  Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (30 December 1987), 33: AAS 80 (1988), 557. In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms. One authoritative source of oversight and coordination is the law, which lays down rules for admissible conduct in the light of the common good. The title is inspired by St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures which “reminds us that our common home is … Each area is responsible for the care of this family. Living our vocation to be protectors of Godâs handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.  Cf. 4. Agriculture in poorer regions can be improved through investment in rural infrastructures, a better organization of local or national markets, systems of irrigation, and the development of techniques of sustainable agriculture. In the Bible, the God who liberates and saves is the same God who created the universe, and these two divine ways of acting are intimately and inseparably connected: âAh Lord God! But economics without politics cannot be justified, since this would make it impossible to favour other ways of handling the various aspects of the present crisis. 165. This makes a variety of proposals possible, all capable of entering into dialogue with a view to developing comprehensive solutions. Ecology, then, also involves protecting the cultural treasures of humanity in the broadest sense. 50. This conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness. Each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable, highly toxic and radioactive, from homes and businesses, from construction and demolition sites, from clinical, electronic and industrial sources. Benedict XVI has said that âtechnologically advanced societies must be prepared to encourage more sober lifestyles, while reducing their energy consumption and improving its efficiencyâ..  The Franciscan saint teaches us that each creature bears in itself a specifically Trinitarian structure, so real that it could be readily contemplated if only the human gaze were not so partial, dark and fragile. Jesus lived in full harmony with creation, and others were amazed: âWhat sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?â (Mt 8:27). A science which would offer solutions to the great issues would necessarily have to take into account the data generated by other fields of knowledge, including philosophy and social ethics; but this is a difficult habit to acquire today. âThe kingdom of God is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but once it has grown, it is the greatest of plantsâ (Mt 13:31-32). There is a need to respect the rights of peoples and cultures, and to appreciate that the development of a social group presupposes an historical process which takes place within a cultural context and demands the constant and active involvement of local people from within their proper culture. Today you are alive in every creature in your risen glory.  I would add that âreligious classics can prove meaningful in every age; they have an enduring power to open new horizonsâ¦ Is it reasonable and enlightened to dismiss certain writings simply because they arose in the context of religious belief?â It would be quite simplistic to think that ethical principles present themselves purely in the abstract, detached from any context. We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet. Genetic mutations, in fact, have often been, and continue to be, caused by nature itself. Good education plants seeds when we are young, and these continue to bear fruit throughout life. Lev 25:1-4), when sowing was forbidden and one reaped only what was necessary to live on and to feed oneâs household (cf.  Still, attention needs to be paid to imbalances in population density, on both national and global levels, since a rise in consumption would lead to complex regional situations, as a result of the interplay between problems linked to environmental pollution, transport, waste treatment, loss of resources and quality of life. 1.LAUDATO SI ‘, mi’ Signore”, —“Terpujilah Engkau, “ Tuhanku”.  Message for the Day of Prayer for the Protection of Creation (1 September 2012). A consumerist vision of human beings, encouraged by the mechanisms of todayâs globalized economy, has a levelling effect on cultures, diminishing the immense variety which is the heritage of all humanity. Venti Frati Minori Cappuccini lombardi, seguaci di San Francesco d’Assisi, raccontano la loro vita, che ha preso forma attraverso una cammino autentico e una vocazione particolare. 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