201 (Laudato SI). The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers. This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor, and building networks of respect and fraternity. Dialogue among the various sciences is likewise needed, since each can tend to become enclosed in its own language, while specialization leads to a certain isolation and the absolutization of its own field of knowledge. This prevents us from confronting environmental problems effectively. An open and respectful dialogue is also needed between the various ecological movements, among which ideological conflicts are not infrequently encountered. The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good, embarking on a path of dialogue which demands patience, self-discipline and generosity, always keeping in mind that “realities are greater than ideas”.
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This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the Earth Charter, which brought spirituality and ethics to the forefront of sustainable development discourse. Allen White, Senior Fellow at Tellus Institute, talks with Steven Rockefeller, who chaired the drafting of the Earth Charter, about its legacy as well as his own evolution as an educator, advocate, and thought leader in bringing spirituality and ethics into the public consciousness.
Link: Steven Rockefeller, "The Earth Charter at 15: A Spiritual Lens on Sustainability," interview by Allen White,Great Transition Initiative (December 2015),