The core change in our lifestyle is that we must begin always and at all times with being merciful. Being merciful calls for a change in lifestyle (GC36, D1.20). If we begin with an attitude of mercy, then the challenge of simplicity is obvious and the world is not so complex that we cannot act.
“The future we want” for our well-being is going through a sea-change due to human and natural activities. Humankind has not paid heed to the Lord’s request of “till and take care,” turning the lands toxic by indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers, depleting groundwater resources, pillaging the wombs of mother earth, destroying the fragile ecological balance, and even polluting outer space with debris.
The Global South voice is getting louder in Kiribati and Tuvalu and was heard in the 10 November event Our People, Our Land and Our Future where the Pacific Calling Partnership aimed to bring the views of people living in the islands and obtain responses from people they consider their main polluters.
A focus during COP23 was to better connect the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest (réseau Ecclésial de la forêt du Bassin du Congo or REBAC) with other initiatives and as such, we dedicated the first days to understand the efforts of the Central African Forests Commission (Commission des forêts d’Afrique centrale or COMIFAC) and explore a dialogue.