Vol. 6 No. 2 (2022)
Editorial

The Cultural Revolution: Ecological and Social

Vincenzo Balzani
Emeritus Professor in Chemistry - University of Bologna, Italy
Bio

Published 2022-09-01

How to Cite

Balzani, V. (2022). The Cultural Revolution: Ecological and Social. Substantia, 6(2), 5-6. https://doi.org/10.36253/Substantia-1741

Abstract

Our world is sick because of the bad relationship between human society and the planet and even more because of the discords within human society itself. We are slipping more and more towards ecological and social unsustainability. Both scientists and philosophers say it, and Pope Francis highlights these views in the Laudato Sì: " Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. [...] The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes". Here then, as the Pope writes, " bold cultural revolution" is needed.

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