Today’s Pope Francis ‘tweet on the occasion of the International Day of Cooperatives, dedicated to the fight against climate change, is a reminder of Laudato Si’. Cooperatives are an expression of community and love for their land. A road that, if traveled, can give a lot in safeguarding Creation
On the occasion of the International Cooperative Day, which for 96 years has been celebrated every first Saturday of July, Francesco launched a tweet that recalls the theme of this year, dedicated to the fight against climate change. In some places – the Pope writes on @pontifex – cooperatives are being developed for the exploitation of renewable energies, which allow local self-sufficiency. They can make a difference in the fight against climate change – concludes Francesco – thanks to a strong sense of community and love for their land.
Whoever founds a cooperative has courage
Pope Francis in the past had spoken of cooperatives, recalling the need to “oppose the relationship to individualism, the team to the interest, the well-being of all to the interests of the few”. In the hearing at the Confederation of Italian Cooperatives, on March 16, 2019, he urged to work to become “charity entrepreneurs”, to look for alternative ways “to live in a society that is not governed by the god of money, an idol that deludes it and then it leaves it increasingly inhuman and unjust. ” “Cooperation – he said – is a way to ‘break the roof’ of an economy that risks producing goods but at the cost of social injustice.”
It is to defeat the inertia of indifference and individualism by doing something alternative and not just complaining. Whoever establishes a cooperative believes in a different way of producing, a different way of working, a different way of being in society. Whoever establishes a cooperative has a little of the creativity and courage of these four friends of the paralytic.
A more generous creativity
It is in issue 179 of the Encyclical Laudato Si ’that we find the reference to cooperatives that work to safeguard Creation. Francesco reminds that “through non-governmental bodies and intermediate associations” governments are obliged to develop more stringent regulations, procedures and controls. “If citizens do not control political power – national, regional and municipal – neither is it possible to combat environmental damage”.
This simple example indicates that while the existing world order proves powerless to assume responsibility, the local authority can make a difference. In fact, it is there that greater responsibility, a strong sense of community, a special ability to care and a more generous creativity, a deep love for their land, as well as thinking about what is left to children and grandchildren can be born.