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8 Feb 2021

Civic and Political Love

What can we learn from this pandemic?

The pandemic has revealed to us that no one is safe till we are all safe, yet the terrible inequalities, in our societies and world, are more evident than ever before; safety nets have been neglected and have gaping holes; key workers and those who care are likely to be least well rewarded in our society.  Yet it has also shown we can work together, governments can act, there is a great well of goodwill in communities and there are health workers and others who are prepared to put their lives on the line in the service of others, in the service of life.

We will need all the generosity we can muster, especially this year in the run up to COP 26 in Glasgow this November. In the front page of today’s newspaper there is this warning - and it is not the first, there have been literally dozens before - 'exhausted ecosystems put the world at high risk. We need new measures of success, radical global changes to production, consumption, finance and education are urgently needed’. It is of course the climate and ecological emergency already upon us, ruining lives and livelihoods, eroding food systems and accelerating migration, especially in the global south, but no one is exempt.

In the pandemic we are urged to stay at home to save lives. There is something we can all do for the common good. Here too, there is something we can do, as individuals, but also together, pressurizing governments to do more, looking for structural change, mobilising communities and putting change into practise in whatever field we are engaged, that 'civic and political love’ spoken about by Pope Francis (Fratelli Tutti 181). The climate and ecological crisis is also a spiritual and moral crisis. As Pope Benedict XVI pointed out 'the external deserts of the world are growing because the internal deserts have become so vast’. It is not too late, but this year is key!

  • For those in the UK - support the 'Climate and Ecology Emergency Bill’
  • Coming up 'Laudato Si Action Platform’,  a faith based 7 year programme with global reach - Action Platform
  • Write to your Bishop asking for more of a lead on the climate and ecology emergency.

Sr Jess, February 2021

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