for the defense of our common home
The state of the environment has been deteriorating for decades. Today the environmental crisis has a global dimension which started to fully manifest itself in the 1970s.
We are witnessing serious technological imbalances: we have reached Mars, but we cannot replace the petrol engine in our cars. In several metropolitan areas worldwide, air pollution, produced mainly by petrol-powered transportation, is one of the main causes of mortality. We invest in increasingly sophisticated weapons, but we cannot satisfy the most basic needs of most populations. In spite of the enormous technological progress that took place in the last two hundred years, the planet is today at its limit. Technological progress has allowed a more comfortable life; it has cured diseases and extended life expectancy (all this, nevertheless, only for a minority of the world’s population) while plundering the resources of the planet, destroying the natural environment and filling it with hazardous waste.
The tendency of human beings to transform the environment in their favour has been reversed, endangering our very survival, under the pressure of restricted groups of power that act according to primitive reflexes, considering their own interests opposed at the expense of others.
The basis of this imbalance is the violence against nature and human beings, which is expressed in exploitation, discrimination and authoritarianism.
For this reason, we believe that ecology and social justice are two closely related issues that can be summarized in the name of Social Ecology.
We need to establish a “Principle of Responsibility” towards life, towards future generations and towards all species that cohabit on the Planet. We are calling into question the frantic economic development, and aspire to the birth of a truly human and sustainable society.
In the forum, we would like to discuss:
- Reconstructing the social fabric based on the values of empathy and nonviolence applied both in interpersonal relationships and in the relationship between human beings and nature.
- Promoting a sustainable and long-term development that guarantees the same rights and opportunities to access resources for all without destroying the planet.
- Measuring progress no longer in terms of increased material wealth (GDP), but in terms of well-being for all and quality of the environment, bearing in mind that we will have to leave a healthy and balanced planet for future generations.
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