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  • Translator: Elena Montrasio Reviewer: Bruno Giussani

  • [His Holiness Pope Francis Filmed in Vatican City

  • First shown at TED Countdown Global Launch, October 2020]

  • Hello!

  • We are living during a historic moment,

  • marked by difficult challenges, as we all know.

  • The world is shaken by the crisis

  • caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,

  • which highlights

  • another global challenge:

  • the socio-environmental crisis.

  • And this requires us, all of us, to face a choice.

  • The choice between what matters,

  • and what doesn't.

  • The choice between continuing to ignore

  • the suffering of the poorest

  • and to abuse our common home,

  • our planet,

  • or engaging at every level

  • to transform the way we act.

  • Science tells us, every day, with more precision,

  • that urgent action is needed --

  • and I am not dramatizing, this is what science says --

  • if we are to keep the hope of avoiding

  • radical and catastrophic climate change.

  • And for this we must act now.

  • This is a scientific fact.

  • Our conscience tells us that we cannot remain indifferent

  • to the suffering of those in need,

  • to the growing economic inequalities

  • and social injustices.

  • And that the economy itself cannot be limited to production and distribution.

  • It must also consider

  • its impacts on both the environment and on the dignity of people.

  • We could say that the economy

  • should be creative

  • in itself and in its methods,

  • in the way it acts.

  • Creativity.

  • I would like to invite you to go on a journey together.

  • A journey of transformation and of action.

  • Made not so much of words,

  • but rather of concrete and pressing actions.

  • I am calling it a journey because it requires a shift, a change.

  • From this crisis none of us must come out the same --

  • we cannot come out the same:

  • from a crisis, we never come out the same --

  • and it will take time, and hard work, to overcome it.

  • We will have to take it one step at a time;

  • help the weak; persuade those in doubt;

  • imagine new solutions;

  • and commit to carry them out.

  • Our goal is clear:

  • to build, within the next decade,

  • a world where we can meet the needs

  • of the present generations,

  • including everyone,

  • without compromising the possibilities of future generations.

  • I would like to invite all people of faith,

  • Christian or not,

  • and all people of good will,

  • to embark on this journey,

  • starting from your own faith,

  • or if you do not have a faith, from your own intention,

  • from your own goodwill.

  • Each one of us, as individuals, or members of a group --

  • families, communities of faith, businesses, associations, institutions --

  • can make a substantial contribution.

  • Five years ago I wrote the encyclical letter "Laudato Si',"

  • dedicated to the care of our common home.

  • It proposes the concept of "integral ecology,"

  • to respond together to the cry of the Earth,

  • as well as to the cry of the poor.

  • Integral ecology is an invitation

  • to an integral vision on life,

  • starting from the conviction that everything in the world is connected

  • and that, as the pandemic made sure to remind us,

  • we are interdependent on each other,

  • as well as on our Mother Earth.

  • From such a vision stems the need

  • to find new ways

  • of defining progress and measuring it,

  • without limiting ourselves to the economic,

  • technological, financial and gross-product aspects,

  • but rather, giving central relevance

  • to its ethical, social

  • and educational dimensions.

  • I would like to propose today three courses of action.

  • As I wrote in "Laudato Si',"

  • the change and the right orientation for our journey of integral ecology

  • require first that we all take an educational step.

  • So, my first suggestion

  • is to promote, at every level,

  • an education geared towards the care of our common home,

  • developing the understanding

  • that environmental problems are linked to human needs.

  • We must understand this from the beginning:

  • environmental problems are tied to human needs.

  • An education based on scientific data

  • and on an ethical approach.

  • This is important: both of them.

  • I am encouraged by the fact that many young people

  • already show a new ecological and social awareness,

  • and many of them fight generously

  • for the defense of the environment

  • and for justice.

  • As a second proposal, we must focus

  • on water and nutrition.

  • Access to safe and drinkable water

  • is an essential and universal human right.

  • It is essential

  • because it determines the survival of people

  • and therefore is a condition

  • for the exercise of all other rights and responsibilities.

  • Providing adequate nutrition for all,

  • through non-destructive farming methods,

  • should become the main purpose

  • of the entire cycle of food production and distribution.

  • The third suggestion is about energy transition:

  • a gradual replacement, but without delay,

  • of fossil fuels with clean energy sources.

  • We only have a few years.

  • Scientists estimate approximately

  • less than 30 --

  • we have a few years, less than 30 --

  • to drastically reduce

  • greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

  • Not only must this transition be quick

  • and capable of meeting present and future energy needs,

  • it also must be attentive

  • to the impact on the poor,

  • on local populations,

  • as well as on those who work in the energy production sectors.

  • One way to encourage this change

  • is to lead businesses towards the urgent need

  • to commit themselves to the integral care of our common home,

  • excluding from investments

  • those companies that do not meet the parameters of integral ecology,

  • while rewarding those that work concretely,

  • during this transitional phase,

  • to put, at the center of their activities,

  • sustainability,

  • social justice

  • and the promotion of the common good.

  • Many organizations, Catholic and of other faiths,

  • have already taken on the responsibility

  • to act in this direction.

  • In fact, the Earth must be worked and nursed,

  • cultivated and protected.

  • We cannot continue to squeeze it like an orange.

  • And we can say that this -- taking care of the Earth --

  • is a human right.

  • These three proposals must be considered

  • as part of a larger group of actions

  • that we must carry out in an integrated way

  • in order to find a lasting solution to these problems.

  • The current economic system is unsustainable.

  • We are faced with the moral imperative, and the practical urgency,

  • to rethink many things:

  • the way we produce; the way we consume;

  • our culture of waste;

  • our short-term vision;

  • the exploitation of the poor

  • and our indifference towards them;

  • the growing inequalities

  • and our dependence on harmful energy sources.

  • We need to think about all these challenges.

  • Integral ecology suggests a new conception

  • of the relationship between us humans and Nature.

  • This leads to a new economy,

  • where the production of wealth

  • is directed to the integral well-being of the human being

  • and to the improvement --

  • not the destruction --

  • of our common home.

  • It also implies a renewed politics,

  • conceived as one of the highest forms of charity.

  • Yes,

  • love is interpersonal,

  • but love is also political.

  • It involves all peoples and it involves Nature.

  • I invite therefore all of you

  • to embark on this journey,

  • that I proposed in "Laudato Si'"

  • and also in my new encyclical "Fratelli Tutti."

  • As the term Countdown suggests,

  • we must act with urgency.

  • Each one of us can play a valuable role,

  • if we all begin our journey today --

  • not tomorrow -- today.

  • Because the future is built today,

  • and it is not built in isolation,

  • but rather in community and in harmony.

  • Thank you.

Translator: Elena Montrasio Reviewer: Bruno Giussani

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