An ethics for Mother Earth

Leonardo Boff: “It is a recognized scientific fact, with 95% certainty, that climate change, the main expression of which is global warming, is of an anthropogenic nature. That is, those changes have their genesis in violent human behavior towards nature.
Such behavior is not in harmony with the cycles and rhythms of nature. Humans are not adapting to nature, but forcing her to adapt to humans and human interests. Their main interest, dominant for two centuries now, is centered on the accumulation of wealth and benefits for the lives of some humans, starting with the systematic exploitation of goods and services, and of many peoples, especially the Indigenous Nations.

The countries that led this process have not given proper importance to the limits of the Earth-system. They continue subjecting nature and the Earth to a true war, even though they know that they will be defeated.

The way Mother Earth expresses the pressure on her fixed limitations is through extreme events (prolonged droughts on the one hand, and devastating floods on the other, unprecedented snow storms here, and unbearable heat waves elsewhere.)

Facing such events, the Earth has become a clear object of human preoccupation.

The several COPs (Conference of the Parties), organized by the UN, never reached an agreement. Only the Paris COP21, of November 30 to December 13, 2015 reached a minimum consensus for the first time, undertaken by all: to prevent global warming from exceeding 2 degrees Celcius.

Regrettably, this agreement is not binding. Any country may follow it, but is not of an obligatory nature, as was shown by the Northamerican Congress that revoked the ecological measures of President Barack Obama. Now President Donald Trump roundly denies them as being nonsensical and deceitful.

It is becoming ever more evident that the question is more an ethical than a scientific one. That is, the quality of our relations with nature and with our Common Home were not and are not adequate. They are in fact destructive”

Leonardo Boff

It is a recognized scientific fact, with 95% certainty, that climate change, the main expression of which is global warming, is of an anthropogenic nature. That is, those changes have their genesis in violent human behavior towards nature.
Such behavior is not in harmony with the cycles and rhythms of nature. Humans are not adapting to nature, but forcing her to adapt to humans and human interests. Their main interest, dominant for two centuries now, is centered on the accumulation of wealth and benefits for the lives of some humans, starting with the systematic exploitation of goods and services, and of many peoples, especially the Indigenous Nations.

The countries that led this process have not given proper importance to the limits of the Earth-system. They continue subjecting nature and the Earth to a true war, even though they know that they will be defeated.

The way Mother Earth expresses the…

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