The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. A covenant is a sacred agreement, something beyond the legal sphere. Today and for the six days that fo9llow, we will examine the Holy Father’s call for “Educating for the Covenant Between Humanity and the Environment.”
209. An awareness of the gravity of today’s cultural and ecological crisis must be translated into new habits. Many people know that our current progress and the mere amassing of things and pleasures are not enough to give meaning and joy to the human heart, yet they feel unable to give up what the market sets before them. In those countries which should be making the greatest changes in consumer habits, young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment. At the same time, they have grown up in a milieu of extreme consumerism and affluence which makes it difficult to develop other habits. We are faced with an educational challenge.
Perhaps it demands more than education. New habits and new ways of living require practice. For me that speaks of apprenticeship: that people are companions to one another as they grow, develop, and adapt to new ways of living.