The climate, David and Goliath



In New York, young Jews organize a blockade outside the headquarters of BlackRock, the world’s largest financial asset manager, to protest against oil and gas projects. In Jakarta, Indonesia, the Grand Mosque unfurled a banner calling for an end to charcoal production, while in London, churches hung banners pleading for an end to fossil fuel projects. And as a preamble to the COP26 which opens this week in Glasgow, 72 religious institutions from around the world, representing more than $ 4.2 billion in assets, have announced their divestment from fossil fuels.

Could there be a religious international climate activist? No. Simply, more than 80% of the inhabitants of the world are believers and, in the name of their faith, some strive to promote a certain conception of life. As far as Catholics are concerned, Pope Francis, who has placed his pontificate under the sign of an integral ecology by affirming that environmental and social issues are inextricably linked, played a driving role in raising awareness and engaging the faithful. Not all are called to go up to the barricades. But all have a role to play in the ecological transition. Christians have for too long been stuck in a human-centered anthropology, to the point of forgetting the universe. Now is the time to go look for the sources of this religion what can bring a commitment for the planet.

This is what our dossier proposes, by going to question Christian theologians and philosophers. None claims to have “the” solution, but all put forward elements to help reflection and, above all, to face the discouragement that can take us, in front of the scale of the ecological disaster. Basically, as Rabbi Gabriel Hagaï recalled with humor during a demonstration against Total (1), “In the Bible, it is indeed David who triumphed over Goliath”.

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