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.

Contact:
Marco Inglessis

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Program:

SESSION 1: 
12.15-13.45h
 Introduction and welcoming words  Marco Inglessis “Social Ecology”
 Video contribution: Vandana Shiva “ Peace grows out of taking care of the Earth and human beings”
WATER AND POVERTY 
 Talk by Petrella: “Water as a common good and fight against poverty. A major challenge for the humanity”
 Discussion
MILITARY AND CIVIL NUCLEAR
 Video contribution: Alfonso  Navarra “The nuclear winter”
 Talk by Quintina Valero: Photography project “Life after Chernobyl” and the “Food of War” Collective
 Discussion.
SESSION 2:
16.15-17.45h
ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES
 Video contributions:
Domenico Coiro “Ocean, river and small wind renewable energy: a possible alternative to feed electrical power to poor communities”
Giorgio Schultze  “Energy, environment, climate change, biosphere’s memory”.
 Discussion
FOOD SECURITY
 Video contributions:
Seeds in resistance (GRAIN non-profit organisation)
Raffaele Cirone: “Bees and climate: how do climate changes affect our lives”
 Talk: Jacopo Segnini  “Supporting rural communities’ food security through community-based poultry and horticulture”
 Talk by Claus Kier “If the body was an ocean how would you feed it”
 Discussion
NATURE AND SPIRITUALITY 
 Talk and experience by Roberto Benatti “Spirituality in nature”

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