Act! Because it is no longer time to hesitate, to invoke certain uncertainties (Laudate Deum n. 5) or to listen to climate skeptics who only seek to protect the status quo under the pretext of pseudo-scientific arguments (LD n. 6-7). And do not think yourself free from these temptations, the Pope himself is saddened to hear them in the world and in the Church (LD n. 14).
Act! Because “the world that welcomes us is crumbling and is perhaps approaching a breaking point” (LD n. 2). It’s not a collapsologist who is sick of life who tells you this, it’s the Pope who is alarmed. Since the publication of Laudato si’in 2015, the degradation of our common home has further accelerated, exceeding the predictions of the least optimistic scientists.
Act! If necessary, take the time to learn about the scientific facts, to understand the phenomena, to dive deep into a systemic approach. Your intelligence and our collective intelligence are a gift from God. Let us value it to give it glory. To introduce you to this effort, the Pope becomes a teacher (LD n. 11-19), listen to him.
The old human hubris
Act! Don’t get lost in the leak of more and more data or in the whirlwind of anxiety that climate statistics can cause. Go further. The ecological and social crisis touches deeper human, personal and collective roots. Laudate Deum names the heart of the spiritual battle of our time: “Technocratic paradigm” (LD n. 20-33). Look within yourself, observe around you, analyze situations under the gaze of God. Intoxicated by technology, seeing himself as a superman thanks to a power boosted by fossil fuels, humans allow themselves to dispose of the world as they wish, as if everything were at their disposal.
The old human hubris finds in this mirage a new outlet, lulling itself with illusions, believing that it has freed itself from human, biological and material limits. But the wise Greeks and so many peoples knew it for a long time: this path leads to death. There are physical and biological limits, that’s for sure. “Infinite growth in a finite world makes no sense,” as we often hear. But the Pope invites you to act by listening further, deeper: “The biggest problem is the ideology which underlies an obsession: to increase beyond the imaginable the power of man, in the face of which the non-human reality is a simple resource at its service” (LD n. 22).
The Pope’s question
Act! Under the gaze of the Creator who gives life to you, to us and to every creature, and of his Son who speaks to you of his mercy, having dared to name the evil and the battle to be fought, commit yourself! Let the call to life in fullness that God wants for all his children resonate within you. The Pope asks you a question: “What is the meaning of my life, what is the meaning of my time on this earth, what is the meaning, ultimately, of my work and my efforts? » (LD n. 33). Take the time to let this question resonate in your dialogue with God through prayer and through your life. Discernment is action. Invent with your God the future that He gives you. Then choose with Him and move forward!
Act! The entire Creation is waiting for you to commit, for us to truly change, to meet the challenges (LD n. 68). Get involved personally, at your own level, in your ordinary life. This will not be enough (LD n. 69), but it is essential to bring about the necessary cultural change (LD n. 70).
At the Root of Sin Structures
Act! By understanding that the common good requires going to the root of the sinful structures of our time and for this, strong decisions must be taken by our political representatives. However, these policies are weak (LD n. 34-43), likely to give in to the blackmail of economic powers (LD n. 31), the search for short-term national interests (LD n. 52) or the mirages of a technique that would solve any problem effortlessly (LD n. 57). But this severe and saddening observation should not despair us. It would be “a suicidal act which would lead to exposing all of humanity, particularly the poorest, to the worst impacts of climate change” (LD n. 53). Conversely.
A new multilateralism “from below” is emerging today in our world, and the weakness of policies can be seen as an invitation to act together to control this power that is so powerful in theory and so powerless in practice to act for care. of the common house (LD n. 38). It’s up to you and us to invent these new forms of local, national and global citizenship which exert “healthy political pressure”, including with a certain form of radicalism so necessary in the face of the current vacuum (LD n. 58).
So act! Personally, collectively, politically. Don’t be afraid of activism. It is a danger, but if your action and our collective action are the visible expression of our spiritual life anchored in the Spirit of the Son of the Creator, Jesus the Crucified-Resurrected, then we fear nothing. He is the Savior and He is with us “always, even to the end of the world” (Mt 28:20).