School strike for climate

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The teens for unity of the Focolare Movement and the members of Prophetic Economy support «FridaysForFuture», the global initiative for environmental protection promoted by Greta Thunberg

IMG 0086This morning in the garden of the international headquarters of the Focolare Movement in Rocca di Papa (Italy), Focolare President Maria Voce and co president Jesús Morán planted a tree (live facebook of the event) in support of the international initiative #FridaysForFuture promoted by Greta Thunberg. Greta is a sixteen year old from Sweden who has recently become a symbol of environmental activism.

The world first began to notice Greta when she decided to go on strike from attending school every Friday morning at the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere’s school year last September. Her strategy was to sit in front of the Stockholm Parliament with her home made sign that said “School Strike for Climate.” She went there to protest against the failure of political leaders to take a position on what is happening to the environment.

Then in late January, in the town of Davos in Switzerland, Greta became the focus of the world’s media when she spoke in front of the world’s business leaders, political leaders, economists, celebrities and journalists at the World Economic Forum.
“You are destroying my future! I don’t want you to hope, I want to see you in panic,” she told them.

The Teens for the Unity of the Focolare Movement, together with the groups involved in Prophetic Economy, have decided to join the international initiative scheduled for today, Friday March 15th 2019. Their goal is to demand that international conventions to safeguard the planet are respected, and that world leaders stop just talking and start acting decisively.

“The positions taken by many politicians show that the top-down approach is not enough,” explains Luca Fiorani, the coordinator of EcoOne, the international Focolare network for those who work in the fields of ecology and sustainability.

The UN’s major international climate conferences demonstrate how difficult it is to make decisions together about how to combat global warming. So this is where the bottom-up approaches come into play – where the people put pressure on those in power to make effective decisions to avoid climate change. These initiatives of the young people are vitally important because they are the ones who will suffer the most from the effects of climate change in the future. That’s why it’s important that these young people act globally – so they can stir up the consciences of everyone around the world. If we don’t act now, within 20 or 30 years it may be too late.

Pope Francis often reminds us of this. His 2019 message for Lent is focused on ecological conversion. He encourages us to pray, fast and give alms, but always with care for creation in mind.

So, too, the commitment of the Focolare children and young people to reach the “Zero Hunger” goal heads in the same direction as Greta Thunberg’s initiative.

Lorenzo Russo

 

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  • Sono andata un fine settimana al mare (a Terracina LT) e caminando sulla sabbia, per il lungo mare, sono rimasta scandallizzata del volume di plastica sparsa dapertutto! Dai grossi bidoni fatti di plastica grossa e altri cose di metalo pesante e una infinità di botoglie, tappi di botiglie e roba varia. Ero soggetta a giudicare il comune e i cittadini di li. Ma, ho capito che, si mi sono scomodata, toccava a me intervenire. Cosi, ho cominciato a raccogliere al meno i rifiuti più grossi e portarli vicino ai cestini, che ci sino sul marciapiedi (nella speranza che portassero via)! Cosi è: Non aspettare! Tocca a me, tocca a noi fare qualcosa per il pianeta terra (subito!)!!!

  • Grazie Lorenzo ! E’ molto importante che noi- adulti -diamo spazio, ascolto e aiuto alle nuove generazioni.
    Gli piccoli atti del quotidiano : comprare senza plastica, scegliere i mezzi pubblici, rinunciare all’aerio in Europa, diminuire l’uso del make-up per essere coerente con noi stessi, comprare second hand, ….tutto questo l’ho imparato dalla terza generazione (10-17 anni). E’ vero che siamo in un’epoca – non solo della quaresima!- della rinuncia. Me lo diceva un’esperta in comunicazione.
    Ma poi anche andare verso la gente, essere più attente a chi è solo… Ora mi preparo per andare a #fridaysforfuture!

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