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Dans un éditorial d'abord publié dans le journal brésilien Folha de S. Paulo, la star du football brésilien Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (mieux connu comme Kaká) établit des parallèles entre le monde du football et la lutte mondiale contre le changement climatique. Il présente de solides arguments pour une réussite de la conférence sur le changement climatique de l'ONU à Paris à la fin de l'année,  qui se traduira par un nouvel accord climatique universel:

Si la lutte contre le changement climatique était un match de football, ce serait le plus important que je n'aurais jamais joué. Nous devons jouer le jeu de nos vies. Pour nous, nos enfants et pour leurs enfants. Jouons comme une seule équipe unie contre cette forte opposition et gagnons.

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Humanity 1: Climate Change 0 – winning the game of our lives

Pope Francis made a call to all human beings to put their hearts and their souls into fighting climate change. He made this request through a landmark encyclical letter. His letter stresses how we have a personal and collective responsibility to tackle such an alarming and urgent issue. The encyclical could not come at a more crucial time for our planet and the climate movement.

In December, governments will meet in Paris at the UN climate negotiations to sign a new, universal agreement that will limit global temperature rises to no more than 2 degrees Celsius. It is essential that they reach out and grab this opportunity with both hands and, in so doing, honor the promises that they have made already to reduce their emissions, including those agreements signed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

As a football player who has had the privilege of travelling the world throughout my career I had the opportunity on many occasions to witness the impact of climate change on people’s lives. In Brazil, my country of birth, we have seen how higher temperatures, drastic changes in rainfall, lower productivity and unexpected outbreaks of disease are impacting the poor. The Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC) has predicted that if present trends in greenhouse gas emissions continue, average temperatures in Brazil will be 3º-6ºC higher by 2100 than they were at the end of the 20th century.

We can witness such trends everywhere. As citizens of the world, and keepers of Mother Earth, “who feeds us and rules us”, in the words of Saint Francis, it is our sacred duty to help leaders make the right choice in Paris by demonstrating that we stand together in safeguarding God’s creation for future generations.

The scientific case to act on climate change is clear. But while the facts are important we must also act out of a desire to respect nature. There should be no difference between being a ‘Christian’ and being ‘green’ – they are both one and the same.

All of us can all make minor changes in our daily lives that, when added together, can help to address climate change on a global scale. We can bike to work or use public transport. We can reduce our use of electricity. But most of all, we can demand that our elected representatives take decisions that will create the global shift required, from all nations, to protect the earth.

Pope Francis encyclical, although aimed directly to Catholics, actually speaks out to everyone of us, regardless of religion or faith, as all of us live together in our common house. If tackling climate change were a football match, it would be the most important one I had ever played in. We need to play the game of our lives. For us, our children, and for their children. Let’s play as one united team against this strong opposition and let’s win.

Photo credit: Club Altetico San Lorenzo de Almagro

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