The german political thinker Hannah Arendt, when defining the meaning of politics, argues that it is based on the plurality of human beings as well as being with each other through this diversity. Many times we forget that this is what living together in society is all about. Also, when we think about politics, we put the responsibility onto the authorities to bring about the changes we want for a better future. However, when it comes to the care of creation, we have no excuses, since, as we are all part of this Earth, each and every one of us has been responsible for the damage we have caused.
The call to collaborate in the safeguarding of the Earth is a universal one, that is, a call to every person who feels part of this creation. Moreover, it is an invitation which has become even more urgent today because we are living a critical moment in the environmental crisis. We cannot exclude from this invitation those who think they cannot take part or feel they are not empowered. On the contrary, this call encourages us to motivate others to become active participants in this common cause to care for our planet.
Every day we see children, adolescents, adults and the elderly working to build a better future for the generations to follow: learning about environmental education, engaging in ecology projects in their neighbourhoods and schools, participating in advocacy or teaching others about how, in the past, we were more aware of the cost of natural resources. For the care of creation should not be an cause exclusive to a single generation, but rather our duty is to pass on knowledge and education to the generations to come, those who will live the even more serious consequences of climate change and damage to nature than those we are experiencing now .
Therefore, just as it is an intergenerational challenge, so is it also an interreligious and multicultural one. Because, just as every generation offers learning on how to address climate change, dialogue between religions and diverse cultures will show us that we are not alone in this fight. Such are the efforts of those who seek to summon people beyond borders and beliefs towards an understanding and collaboration on this issue, as an expression of that cooperation that takes precedence over any oppositions we might have when thinking about the care of our common home. That is why, in the case of Chile, and in advancing the environmental issue, we must not forget the dialogue between religions, between civil organizations, and especially among and in partnership with our own indigenous peoples. While each of us has the gifts and capabilities to assist in this work, we need to work together to develop initiatives that will take our cause forward.
Let us empower each other with this concept of politics espoused by Arendt, beginning with diversity, to confront the challenge of caring for creation not only for the present generation but for the generations to come.
Let this be our prayer!
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