The world is going through a unique moment in its history with the coronavirus crisis, but not a few are wanting to return to normalcy. It will cost to be able to really do it, but now a group of artists and scientists has launched a message saying No to return to that normality in Le Monde.
The letter is written by Juliette Binoche together with the French philosopher Aurélien Barrau and among the signatories names such as Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix, Alfonso Cuarón, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Rooney Mara, Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Robert De Niro, Paolo Sorrentino, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pedro Almodóvar, Guillaume Canet, Penelope Cruz, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Nathalie Baye, Monica Bellucci or Willem Dafoe.
In it, all of society is asked to make a deep reflection on the way of life that we lived when the planet was in a position of no return. It does refer to the coronavirus and the severity of the pandemic, but it is remembered that a natural catastrophe could have much greater consequences. Below I translate what the letter in question says:
“The coronavirus pandemic is a tragedy. The crisis is, however, inviting us to examine what is essential. And what we see is simple: the” adjustments “are not enough. The problem is systemic.”
“The ongoing ecological catastrophe is a meta-crisis: The mass extinction of life on Earth is no longer in doubt, all indicators point to a direct existential threat. Unlike the pandemic, although severe, a global ecological collapse will have consequences incalculable. ”
“That is why we solemnly ask our leaders, and all of our citizens, to leave behind this unsustainable logic that still prevails and to begin a profound review of our objectives, values and economies.”
“The search for consumerism and the obsession with productivity has led us to deny the very value of life: of plants, animals and a large number of human beings. Pollution, climate change and the destruction of our remaining Natural areas have reached a breaking point in the world. ”
“For these reasons, along with other growing social inequalities, we believe that it is unthinkable” to return to normality. ”
“The radical transformation we need at all levels requires courage and courage. It will not happen without massive and resolute commitment. We must act now. It is more a matter of survival than of dignity and coherence.”