5 years and a pandemic have passed since the encyclical Laudato Sì by Pope Francis was published. A text that still maintains its ability to contribute in a disruptive way to reading the present. It does this through the lens of an integral approach, where “Everything is connected”, from which derives the urge not to consider “two separate crises, one environmental and another social, but rather a single and complex socio-environmental crisis”. A perspective that compels complexity and puts relationships at the center: those between men and women, between them and the animals, nature and the planet where they live.
That text has helped to create the foundations of a renewed ecological awareness, a new way of being activists. In 5 years what happened then was difficult even to imagine: the climate issue began to occupy the squares, to enter the public debate and political agendas.
In a world that needs symbols and leaders a young woman has arrived: Greta Thunberg, and the squares all over the world have been filled with very young people who ask politics to listen to scientists. From the squares a little at a time that awareness has shifted towards politics since local governments have begun to issue official acts declaring the state of climatic emergency up to the Green new deal of the European Union.
On several occasions, in recent years, our screens have been filled with harrowing images of the burning Amazon, of devastating fires in Australia, the United States, and Siberia. Images that had the media power to put everyone in front of the devastating consequences of the loss of balance of ecosystems, and therefore of the need to take care of the planet we live in.
The pandemic made us understand, if we hadn’t noticed yet, that really everything is connected. The global health emergency we are going through is deeply linked to the side effects of unsustainable development models and the price of that unsustainability has impacted our lives, our sociability, our economy. And as we enter the relaunch phase, it is good not to forget the lenses of that integrated approach which Laudato Si ‘urges, to build societies where human life, especially that of the weakest, is defended; where everyone has access to care, and that nature is not indiscriminately looted but cultivated and preserved for those who come after us.