Ecology : Keeping life alive


Many initiatives combine their impulses towards ecology, the fight against global warming and the fight to safeguard biodiversity. These impulses transcend all borders, geographical, cultural and religious, as shown by the meeting with the Pope last Thursday of a delegation of fifteen very diverse personalities led by Mgr Éric de Moulins-Beaufort...

Juliette Binoche confides: "I am not Catholic, I would also have said 'yes' for a group that would have gone to meet the Dalai Lama, because these universal consciences have an influence in alerting people to the climate emergency on a universal level. "(Le Figaro, 2 September 2020). As for Pablo Servigne, co-author of the best-seller Comment tout peut s'effondrer (2015), he believes that the current pandemic "calls for the strengthening of solidarity, the local, self-limitation and autonomy" (Le Monde, 10 April 2020), and as he leaves for Rome, he emphasises: "I came in the spirit of 'Laudato Si', a remarkable text, and in a spirit of dialogue to get out of our divisions and our labels. The Catholic Church is not the only religion in this field of ecology, but it has influence. I am half-Colombian and I am particularly struck by the link that François has managed to weave with the indigenous peoples of the Amazon who must be protected" (Le Figaro, 2 September 2020). 

The delegation also included two well-known economists, Gaël Giraud, a Jesuit, and Elena Lasida, a professor at the Catholic Institute of Paris. The latter stresses the importance of the multiple encounters that such a trip allows, between such different people: "it is not just the fact of meeting the Pope, but all that it generates in the group. ...] It's improbable and it's very beautiful, because that's exactly what is behind integral ecology, in my opinion, which is basically a displacement, a decentring, an invitation to go out. For real, we move together, we create links, in the image of the whole is linked to Laudato si', with the idea that today there is room to make something new. » 

This meeting in Rome is also a message for all of us. In this time of multiple crises and pandemics, we must not cower, but rather hear the call to make life alive, to cross the boundaries of our fears, to care for one another in encounter and action, in a different way and with a new impetus, to respond to the ecological crisis. Surely, such mobilization to make life alive brings joy.


Text by François Prouteau