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Pope Francis has called for a “grassroots revolution” to halt the ecological “crisis”.

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The Pope issued the appeal in a new preface to the book L’alfabeto verde di papa Francesco. Salvare la Terra e vivere felici (“Pope Francis’ Green Alphabet. Save the earth and live happy”), by Italian vaticanista Franca Giansoldati.

In his text, Francis wrote that “the human family as a whole is in danger” because of the ecological “crisis”.

“We can no longer wait or postpone” action, the Pope added, explaining that his warning isn’t an “exaggeration or fantasy of someone who enjoys destabilisation”.

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“We can no longer ignore the growing awareness, at every level, of the effects that so many daily choices – even the smallest ones – end up having on the equilibrium of Creation”, the Pope wrote.

“The consequences of some economic decisions in a certain region of the world always end up having effects on the opposite side of the planet. And viceversa. We can’t not see it”, he warned.

“The fact is that we are connected to each other: we are part of a broader reality, where the particular is combined with the universal, and nature itself was planned and given by God to man as something that must be protected in an interconnected system”.

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“Extreme and devastating climatic phenomena are increasingly common all over the planet”, Francis denounced.

“It is difficult not to notice the increase in sea temperatures, the melting of ice, the accumulation of water vapour in the atmosphere [and]hurricanes and floods that in turn cause other collateral tragedies, pushing entire populations – millions and millions of people – to look for an escape route to live”.

“How can we say that one element isn’t connected to the other?”, the Pope lamented.

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Francis also encouraged the world to think of the coming generations, “who by now have understood that they will inherit a rather spoiled world”.

“Is it correct that they – the coming generations – have to pay the cost of the irresponsibility of the generation that preceded them?”, the Pope asked.

“Is it correct that they assume the cost of the damages caused by a system in which the energy transition and the protection of our Common Home do not seem to be a priority, but instead give way to the interests of an economic and financial system slow and hostile to the idea of ​​reforming itself?”

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Francis appealed for a “commitment to work with a new spirit, in order to promote concrete steps to restore the planet”.

As part of those “concrete steps”, and looking back to his 2015 environmental manifesto Laudato si’, the Pope suggested “a revolution from the bottom up”.

A revolution “starting with daily choices, from the moment we go shopping to the moment in which we invest our savings are invested, for example: putting them in ethical banks, respectful of the balance of solidarity”.

“It’s time for Christians to start networking”, Francis insisted.

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The Pope concluded his text by encouraging Christians and other people of good will “to think collectively, knowing that any choice, even the smallest one, makes a difference, and that together we can change things and reverse this course that leads to the destruction of our Common Home”.

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