The Environmental Solidarity Institute

It should… be stressed that it is contrary to authentic development to view nature as something more important than the human person…. This having been said, it is also necessary to reject the opposite position, which aims at total technical dominion over nature…. Today much harm is done to development precisely as a result of these distorted notions.… A new trajectory of thinking is needed in order to arrive at a better understanding of the implications of our being one family; interaction among the peoples of the world calls us to embark upon this new trajectory, so that integration can signify solidarity rather than marginalization.1 Pope Benedict XVI

The ESI proposes “Environmental Solidarity” as the “way to enter into deep, authentic, healing relationships with nature, with others, and with the whole human family,” and as “the best way to approach environmental problems, the conflicts that arise from these problems, and the decision-making that those conflicts necessitate”2.

3 The Environmental Solidarity Institute: Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Environmental Solidarity Institute is to bring about reconciliation between persons and nature through research, dialogue with different cultures, and collaborative action. Objectives include:

  1. Continuing to research and build a repository of ‘third trajectory’ thinking that can be shared with those with different beliefs through publications, forums, and active engagement.

  2. Helping those in decision-making bodies understand that a new approach is necessary to overcome the crisis that pits persons against nature, and developing models of new approaches that lead to flourishing of humans in harmony with nature.

  3. Educating a new generation of missionaries that bring this approach of solidarity and reconciliation to a variety of technical, economic and medical fields, preparing them to implement it in geographic regions around the world in most need of help.

  4. Seeking to implement environmental solidarity through projects bringing all parties together for the common purpose of creating sustainable solutions that eliminate poverty while preserving nature in all its beauty and flourishing.

1 Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate (CV) 53, 48, emphasis added.

2 Taylor, M. 2012. Environmental Ethics and the Recovery of Being: Philosophical, Theological and Literary Foundations for a Metaphysics of Nature.” PhD dissertation. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.


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