The coronavirus has awakened a deep reflection on the importance of nature and the resources it provides to humans. A debate that for many years to come, giving various characters around the world.
Their struggle for governments and industries to reduce their environmental impact and act effectively to prevent the destruction of biodiversity and the extinction of the species, has led to utter phrases that have become standards for many of the movements that are now battling to avoid the ‘crucifixion of the planet’.
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Several of these slogans, in fact, attribute them to a certain condition of prophetic, as well as those spoken by Jesus before he died crucified. These phrases have been interpreted and adapted according to the religious needs of each country, but ultimately seek the same goal: call to the reflection, the mercy and awareness, as well as to exalt the value of the sacrifice, something very similar to what haunt the defenders of the environment.
After having suffered all kinds of humiliation and humiliation, as well as the has been nature up to now, the words that Jesus said were compiled in the four gospels: Luke recounted three (first, second, and seventh), Juan other three (third, fifth, and sixth), and Matthew and Mark mentioned that a (fourth). These were analyzed in detail for the first time by the monk Arnaud of Bonneval (+1156) in the TWELFTH century. Later, St. Robert Berlarmino was given the task of giving a major boost to write the Treatise On the Seven Words Spoken by Christ on the Cross. From then on, it spread to the custom to preach the sermon of the seven words each holy Friday.
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Week Sustainable presents a comparison among the phrases uttered by Jesus and others expressed at the level of the environment by activists, academics, clerics and politicians in different moments of history, but fit to the current situation in which humanity lives.
- FIRST WORD:
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23,34).
“We are facing the sixth mass extinction and its rate is 10,000 times faster than normal”,
Greta Thunberg, activist Swedish.
- SECOND WORD:
“I assure you: today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23,43).
“The Earth provides enough to satisfy the needs of every human being, but not his greed”,
Mahatma Gandhi, a pacifist and activist for indian.
- THIRD WORD:
“Woman, behold your son” and to the disciple: “behold your mother” (John 19,26 s.).
“We live on Earth as if we had another to go”,
Terry Swearingen, environmental activist american.
- FOURTH WORD:
“My god, my god, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27,46).
“The earth, our home, seems to become ever more of an immense deposit of filth. Many times actions are taken only when there have been irreversible effects for the humanity”,
Pope Francis, maximum hierarch of the Catholic Church.
- FIFTH WORD:
“I thirst” (Jn 19,28).
“We will never know the value of water until the well is dry”,
Thomas Fuller, an English historian.
- SIXTH WORD:
“Everything is finished” (John 19,30).
“Our children will not have time to discuss about the climate change. Will only be able to live with its effects”,
Barack Obama, former president of the united States.
- SEVENTH WORD:
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23,46).
“All we have to do our part to create awareness on global warming and the problems that we face as a people in order to promote a future sustainable environment for our planet”,
Leonardo Di Caprio, actor and environmental activist.
Week Sustainable land invites you now to reflect, and to avoid the following proverb american indian: “only when the last tree is dead, the last river poisoned and the last fish has been caught, you will notice that you can not eat money”.