13. The urgent challenge to protect our common #home includes a concern to bring the whole
#human #family together to seek a #sustainable and
integral development, for we know that things
can change. The #Creator does not abandon us;
he never forsakes his #loving plan or repents of
having created us. #Humanity still has the ability
to #work together in building our common home.
Here I want to recognize, encourage and thank all
those striving in countless ways to guarantee the
protection of the home which we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly
seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the #lives of the #world’s poorest. Young #people demand change. They wonder
how anyone can claim to be building a better #future without thinking of the #environmental crisis
and the sufferings of the excluded.
14. I urgently #appeal, then, for a new dialogue
about how we are shaping the future of our #planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are
undergoing, and its #human #roots, concern and
affect us all. The worldwide #ecological #movement has already made considerable progress
and led to the establishment of numerous #organizations committed to raising awareness of
these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of
powerful opposition but also because of a more
general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes,
even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant
resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and #universal #solidarity.
As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated:
“Everyone’s #talents and involvement are needed
to redress the damage caused by human abuse of
God’s creation”. 22 All of us can cooperate as instruments of #God for the care of creation, each
according to his or her own #culture, experience,
involvements and talents.
#laudatosi #popefrancis #ambiente #earth #land #nature