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  • How do we feel when we see the drawing?

    05
    mars
    2018

    Do we look at it? What does it make us want to do? Do we feel close to these children? Both of them? Or do we give one of them priority? What can we tell them?

Editorial 9

On the journey through the 2015-2016 academic year, 2 bright lights will guide us along the way - The first, introduced by Pope Francis. His encyclical letter “LAUDATO SI’” firmly encourages us "to do more". - The second will be strengthened by two significant events organised by the UN in the near future: a special summit on sustainable development to be held in September in New York, to adopt a new development program; and COP 21, the UN conference to be held in December in Paris, to promote a universal agreement on climate change.

- The first, introduced by Pope Francis. His encyclical letter “LAUDATO SI’” firmly encourages us "to do more".

 

Let’s listen to his words: “If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs”. (LS 11) 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. (LS 13)… We require a new and universal solidarity. (LS 14)


 

Can we, the members of ODNs, remain indifferent to that last statement: do "we require a new and universal solidarity"? Is this not the deep conviction that inspires our action?


And Pope Francis, 5 months before the COP 21, takes the floor. Yes, he says, climate change is very serious! Yes, that climate change is mainly due to human intervention! And he denounced the "throwaway culture" derived from idolised technosciences (LS 104), linked to both the search for a financial income and the madness of an economy based on unfettered production and consumerism (LS 56). Do we not need to work so that everyone is entitled, among other things, to breathe clean air and drink clean, healthy water, the right to enjoy a decent job?


Finally, Pope Francis invites Christians and non-Christians, men and women, to live true relationships with each other, with God and with the nature of which they are "the custodians". He encourages them to play their part in a "universal communion" in favour of "integral ecology". He urges them to move from an unequal society to a fairer world, in harmony with creation and based on a "non-financial" economy that is capable of imitating the circularity of natural ecosystems.


Is humanity capable of such a transformation? Yes, at OCMs we are convinced they are!

 

- The second will be strengthened by two significant events organised by the UN in the near future: a special summit on sustainable development to be held in September in New York, to adopt a new development program; and COP 21, the UN conference to be held in December in Paris, to promote a universal agreement on climate change.

The UN has recently published its annual report, which highlights an important point:

At the dawn of the new millennium, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to develop an ambitious project to combat poverty in all its forms.

That vision was reflected in eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And it represented the common framework of global development in the last fifteen years. The international community has every reason to celebrate the end of the period of validity of the MDGs. It is thanks to the efforts made at global, continental, national and local level that the MDGs saved the lives of millions of people or improved their living conditions.

The data and analysis presented in the report show that thanks to the actions taken, the strategies adopted, the resources allocated and a real political will, even the poorest countries can achieve dramatic and unprecedented breakthroughs. But the report also recognises inequality in the achievements and shortcomings in many areas. The work is not complete, it must continue in this new era of development.

 

For more information, see (in French): www.un.org/fr/milleniumgoals/reports/2015/pdf/rapport_2015.pdf

 

 

ODNs is concerned about the conclusions of this report and is very aware of its relevance.

But it notes with joy that more and more Christians are feeling the need to work together, with other believers, putting the summit on climate change at the forefront of their concerns: our tradition has continued to praise the wonders of Creation, while emphasising our responsibility to it. In biblical conception, man is not the owner but the caretaker of the Earth! We must join "human ecology" and "environmental ecology" and start a process of ecological conversion of vital importance for our children and also for the poor people of our planet.

ODNs supports all struggles against waste, the welcoming of everyone worldwide, the construction of a 'home where we can live well”...