“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental (LS,139)”

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In recent months we have witnessed the disasters caused by the large amount of rainfall in the north of our country.  And many voices, starting with the authorities, have been quick to point the finger of blame on climate change and the unpredictability of nature.  The truth is that since the 3rd report was published by the United Nations panel of experts in 2001, it was clear how Chile would be affected by changing rainfall patterns, and therefore we knew in advance that we were required to take action to mitigate these impacts. Unfortunately, these measures have not been taken and the consequences can now be felt.  This just reaffirms what the Pope says in the phrase with which we began this reflection: we are facing a single crisis, defined by our inability to understand we share a common home where our actions and carelessness affects all beings on the planet.  The crisis rages mainly with the poor and defenseless, but is affecting each and every one of us.

While we continue to live in the cycle of consumption that promotes the current economic system; as authorities continue to turn a deaf ear to the cries of the communities and to the expert data that clearly show the deterioration of our common home; while companies, with the backing of governments, continue to prey on our natural resources and exploit people in pursuit of unsustainable growth, and while we remain indifferent to the suffering of our brothers and sisters with whom we share this common home, our ultimate destination will be to keep discarding until we become cut-off from the very means we need to sustain life. Therefore, we must take on board the words of the Pope who is inviting us to adopt ” ..a solution [which] demands an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature”

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