At Fondacio, our vocation is to help everyone dare to move forward with others on a path of life to build a more humane and fairer world. We seek to serve humanity and help safeguard our common home . Multiple projects have emerged, in various dimensions, always at the service of an integral ecology which first presents itself as a story of conversion.
This conversion directly affects our relationship to the ecological crisis and global warming. This is why we propose, as we did in 2018, to join in a fast for the climate. Ahead of COP 26, at the beginning of November, we are offering two days of fasting on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 October 2021 by registering any initiative on the site https://jeunepourleclimat.net/ . They will be added to Greenfaith initiatives https://greenfaith.controlshift.app/home
This young person is fully in line with the Parcours Covivre that Fondacio is currently leading for more than 250 people from 30 countries around the world:
England, Belgium, France, Romania – Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Chile – Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Cameroon, Congo DRC – India , Pakistan, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan.
At the end of this course, an international meeting is planned in ZOOM, on 11 Dec. from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Paris). Reserve this date, Contact us for the ZOOM link, we will send it to you by email.
A world in upheaval
We are in a disrupted world. The global health crisis that we have been experiencing since 2020 is an illustration of this. The increase in inequalities, ecological disorders, climate change, loss of meaning and social ties or geopolitical tensions remind us on a daily basis of the issues of the world and the challenges and threats that hang over it.
To characterize this era of unprecedented planetary disorder, where human activities have a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystem, we speak of the Anthropocene, that is to say a period in the history of the Earth when its inhabitants are have become the main drivers of the changes affecting it. The uncontrolled activity of human beings has led to an inconsiderate exploitation of nature, at the risk of destroying it and in turn being a victim of its degradation. The urgency and magnitude of the world’s problems pushes us to act and become agents of change.
Human societies and nature live together in a “common house”, we are interdependent. Integral Ecology is a concept widely taken up in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ published in 2015 and which has had a wide echo far beyond the Christian world. “There are not two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but a single and complex socio-environmental crisis. The possibilities of solution require an integral approach to combat poverty, to restore dignity to the excluded and simultaneously to preserve nature” (LS 139).
The relational dimension and connection to oneself, to others and to nature is also essential. We are invited to an experience of communion with each other and with nature as a whole. Integral ecology takes into account the three pillars of sustainable development: the social, economic and environmental aspects as well as the cultural and daily life aspects. It is inseparable from the notion of the common good and implies justice between generations. Safeguarding our common home thus becomes a pressing call, which concerns us all, with a view that takes into account all aspects of the global crisis.
Integral ecology is first of all a story of conversion . By conversion, we mean a change of outlook, a renewed way of seeing our world, its challenges, and the ways of trying to respond to them. In mountaineering, when you find yourself with skis facing an impassable wall, all you have to do is make a conversion. It’s a tricky maneuver that involves making a 180 degree turn to reinvent a new path. Integral ecology invites us to do this. This does not necessarily mean that you have to commit even more. It is not a question of pushing those who do social work, who take care of the poorest, to add more ecological actions and vice versa. It’s more of an invitation to think differently . To think that everything is connected. Social justice is completely linked and intertwined with ecological justice. The clamor of the poorest and the clamor of the earth have their roots in the same reasons.
Integral ecology is above all a path that is proposed to us. Integral ecology invites us to enter into a more peaceful relationship with ourselves, in a peaceful relationship with others, in a peaceful relationship with nature, and in a peaceful relationship with the spiritual dimension of our existence.
This is what the Parcours Covivre offers. To enter further into a dynamic of integral ecology is first of all to choose a path, it is to take the means to connect ourselves to nature, to connect ourselves to all our brothers, to all our sisters, particularly the most poor among us, take the means to connect ourselves to the vertical dimension of our existence, to our spiritual life, whatever the source, whether we call it God or not. Entering into this experience with others is trying to build a model of society.