At Fondacio, our vocation is to help each person dare to move forward with others on a path of Life to build a more human and just world. We seek to serve humanity and contribute to the preservation of our common home. Many projects have been created in various dimensions, always in the service of an integral ecology which is first and foremost a story of conversion.
This conversion directly affects our relationship with the ecological crisis and global warming. That is why we propose, as we did in 2018, to join in a fast for the climate. Ahead of COP 26, in early November, we propose two days of fasting on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 October 2021 by registering any initiative on the website https://jeunepourleclimat.net/. They will be added to the initiatives of Greenfaith https://greenfaith.controlshift.app/home
This fasting is fully in line with the CoLive journey that Fondacio is currently leading for more than 250 people from 30 countries around the world:
England, Belgium, France, Romania - Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Chile - Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Cameroon, Congo DRC - India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan.
At the end of this journey, a Fondacio international meeting is planned in ZOOM, on Dec. 11 from 12:30 to 14:30 (Paris). Reserve this date, contact us to have the ZOOM link, we will send it to you by email.
A world in turmoil
We are in a world of upheaval. The global health crisis that we are experiencing since 2020 is an illustration of it. The increase in inequalities, ecological disorders, climate change, the loss of meaning and social ties or geopolitical tensions remind us daily of what is at stake in the world and the challenges and threats that hang over it.
To characterize this period of unprecedented planetary disorder, where human activities have a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystem, we speak of the Anthropocene, a period in the history of the Earth where its inhabitants have become the main drivers of the changes affecting it. The unchecked activity of human beings has led to an unconsidered exploitation of nature, at the risk of destroying it and of being in turn a victim of its degradation. The urgency and magnitude of the world's problems pushes us to act and to become actors of change.
Human societies and nature live together in a "common house", we are interdependent. Integral ecology is a concept that is widely embraced in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si' published in 2015 and has resonated far beyond the Christian world. "There are not two separate crises, one environmental and one social, but a single, complex socio-environmental crisis. The possibilities of solution require an integral approach to combat poverty, to restore dignity to the excluded and simultaneously to preserve nature" (LS 139).
The relational dimension and connection, to oneself, to others and to nature, is also essential. We are invited to an experience of communion with each other and with the whole of nature. Integral ecology takes into account the three pillars of sustainable development: the social, economic and environmental aspects as well as the cultural and everyday aspects. It is inseparable from the notion of the common good and implies justice between generations. The safeguarding of the common home thus becomes an urgent call, which concerns us all, with a view that takes into account all aspects of the global crisis.
Integral ecology is first of all a story of conversion. By conversion, we mean a change of view, a renewed way of seeing our world, its challenges, and the ways of trying to respond to them. In mountaineering, when you find yourself with skis facing an impassable wall, all that remains is to make a conversion. It is a rather delicate maneuver that consists of making a 180 degree turn, to reinvent a new path. Integral ecology invites us to do this. This does not necessarily mean that we have to commit ourselves even more. It is not a question of pushing those who do social work, who take care of the poorest, to add ecological actions and vice versa. It is more an invitation to think differently. To think that everything is linked. Social justice is completely linked and intertwined with ecological justice. The clamor of the poorest and the clamor of the earth have their roots in the same reasons.
Integral ecology is above all a path that is proposed to us. Integral ecology invites us to enter into a more peaceful relationship with ourselves, a peaceful relationship with others, a peaceful relationship with nature, and a peaceful relationship with the spiritual dimension of our existence.
This is what the CoLive Journey proposes. To enter further into a dynamic of integral ecology is first to choose a path, to take the means to connect with nature, to connect with all our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest among us, to take the means to connect with the vertical dimension of our existence, with our spiritual life, whatever the source, whether we call it God or not. To enter into this experience with others is to try to build a model of society.