How to care for our Common Home

Leonardo Boff

Today, caring for the Earth, as Pope Francis set forth in detail in his encyclical letter, “On Caring for our Common Home”, «a global ecological conversion», requires «profound changes in the life styles, in the models of production and consumption, in the consolidated structures of power» (nº 5). This objective will never be reached unless we effectively love the Earth as our Mother and know how to limit ourselves, and even suffer, in order to guarantee her vitality for our own sake, and that of the entire community of life (nº 223). Mother Earth is the base that sustains and nourishes everything. We cannot exist without her. The systematic aggression she has endured in recent centuries has destroyed her equilibrium. Ultimately, she could continue for centuries, but without us.

August 13 of this year wasThe Overshoot Day, the day when the biocapacity of the Earth to satisfy human demands had…

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