Diversity in our life stories: an advantage for our participation in the ecological transition?
Problems related to ecology raise questions with an increasing number of people. Here the stakes are shared world-wide. Within each of our countries, our leaders must take action in critical areas (to limit global warming, to protect the environment, …). But it is also reasonable to think about the paths that our own lives have taken. How can their diversity help us to commit ourselves to participation in the ecological transition?
This issue of Dossiers D&J tries to clarify, via interviews of David & Jonathan members and others, in what way ecological questions are shaping our lives. The women and men who testify here are mostly LGBT’s (lesbians, gays, bi or transsexuals), some living in the city and some in the country, in France and abroad, having a Christian faith or not, and coming from different generations.
In reading these testimonies, it becomes clear that not only is ecology influencing our ways of consuming, of eating, of looking after our health, it also changes our way of participating in society, our relationships with other countries, our sharing of wealth, not to mention the way we perceive nature, the passing of time, and our spiritualities.
When faced with ecological risks, one temptation would be to take refuge in reactionary fundamentalisms. On the opposite side, the ecological transition can take root in our individual or collective experiences, and these enrich social and political dialogue, as well as our spirituality in the broadest sense. A wide variety in life histories seems to us to be a source of hope about our capacity for evolving and adapting.
Elisabeth Saint Guily and Nicolas Neiertz
Co-presidents and spokespersons for David & Jonathan