Twelve statements to reset constructively the issue of the environmental crisis
Today, July the 15th ,2001, we are symbolically gathering here in Arenzano, near Genova, where the first G8 meeting held in the XXI century took place. We want to firmly state our belief that, in order to solve the present environmental emergency, there is a primary urge to redefine the terms within which we understand our way of inhabiting the Earth.
Not only do we believe in the possibility to redefine an ethos of the earth, so that we can move towards the realization of the principles of the so-called environmental friendliness, but also in the necessity to define these principles which are to constitute the foundations of such an ethos, and to set the frame within which they can be carried out. We also believe it is necessary to do it now, at the time of an unprecedented revolution as immediate consequence of the most recent technological achievements.
We consider essential to acknowledge that the emphasis on technology and the supposed democracy of a world dominated by Western science is but an all-modern Mythology, a dangerous and unbearable form of provincialism, and too much of a narrow and self-reliant system to be able to provide the epochal matters looming large over us with an effective answer.
believe that, in the age of information technology¸ real progress does not consist in an increase of the amount of information available. Progress in fact comes from the freedom of access to knowledge in order to find everyone's most satisfying and fulfilling place in the world. We think that we can understand culture as a sense of belonging to a set of traditions and values shared by a community.
We hope that our voice will contribute to stop the deprivation of both the society and the environment, together with the voices of all the individuals involved in the process of reconstruction of the relationship between humanity and nature. In this respect we consider a primary goal to help the spreading of a renewed paradigm of thought according to which the branches of Science and the political and economic decisions are no longer restricted to just considering mutual human interactions. Above all, we long for such a change in Political Economics, being it the most influential element, in the present day, on world policies and political decisions.
We wish that our enterprise, thanks to a proper promotional action, may somehow move the younger generations to a careful and renewed consideration of the risks involved in a global homologation.
Despite the cultural confusion caused by idolatry of science and consumerism, there are some elements which let us believe there is still hope for the future.
These, in short, are:
-the impossibility for rationality to last long in the place of wisdom;
-the impossibility to uproot the sense of community;
-the survival, in everyday life, of interpersonal relationships;
-the relevance of social and environmental concerns coming from the so-called "globalization"
This said, we then came to identify, through a shared effort, a series of twelve statements, in order to give our conduct a direction to grow as responsible human beings in our connection with the earth and its unavoidable needs:
1) The relationship with our planet involves duties and responsibilities
2) Earth is just as necessary to humanity as all the other things people enjoy, such as the Arts, Philosophy, Music, Poetry, Religion, Science and Theatre
3) We must be aware of the value of our planet as a common good in order to inhabit it properly
4) It is necessary to identify and to regulate the limitations of technological application in order to prevent earth to be treated as a mere object to be abused and disposed of
5) A relevant part of the meaning in life consists of finding, acknowledging and expressing the connection between life itself and nature
6) The loss of natural balance is a problem concerning everyone
7) Anthropocentrism, as the defining character of Western culture throughout the last centuries, is responsible for the environmental emergency
8) Respecting local differences and their defining characteristics is compatible with economic development
9) The systematic tampering of landscapes all over the earth, and the consequent ecological and aesthetic decay, cause the loss of the symbolic values embedded in the landscapes themselves
10) Aiming at the restoration of past forms of life or pursuing an ideal of spontaneous harmony with nature is equivalent to a consolatory dive outside the frame of our historical horizon