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A Lesson from the Righteous for Those Fighting Climate Change

Many politicians and public figures calling on others to go to war against climate change have failed to make even small reductions in the comfort of their own lifestyles. Far from morally elevating figures, such individuals become analogous to politicians conscripting others to fight a war while they themselves refuse to even observe the rationing of food they impose on others.


Will this be the century of water conflicts?

We wanted to focus on the concept of conflict because we believe that environmental instability can lead to strong political and security instability. We are increasingly moving towards a world that will be environmentally and climatically different from the one human beings have had over the last 11,000 years, and the way in which climate change is mainly visible is through water.


The first Garden of the Righteous in Germany

On Tuesday 28th May at Johann-Friedrich-von-Cotta-Schule high school in Stuttgart, we inaugurated the first Garden of the Righteous in Germany by planting a tree in honour of Julius Baumann, an extraordinary personality of the world of sports who sacrificed his life to give dignity and joy to Jewish children during Nazism.


Righteous change

"There are so many things we can do every day that can make a difference for the planet. We are defining the future of the polar bear just by what we choose to put on our plates daily". By Anne de Carbuccia, environmental artist.


The tree is a symbol of peace and democracy

"The tree became a symbol for peace and conflict resolution, especially during ethnic conflicts in Kenya when the Green Belt Movement used peace trees to reconcile disputing communities". Wangari Maathai speech for the Nobel Price 2004.


Dialogue on Remembrance with Svetlana Broz

Seizing the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we wanted to have with us Svetlana Broz, Bosnian cardiologist, grand-daughter to General Tito, honoured as Righteous in the Garden of Milan. On stage, we asked her some questions, starting from the events that unfolded in that conflict, in order to understand with the pupils in our audience what the warning signs of evil can be and how to counter them. Here are her words.


The "Righteous"

Examples of the resistance against evil

The history of the twentieth century is dramatically marked by crimes against humanity, such as genocide of the Armenian people in 1915 - '16, the Holocaust during the Second World War, the gulag during the period of communism, the tragedies of Rwanda and the Balkans in the 90s. In each of these extreme situations, there were men who found the strength to oppose the evil, following their principles and personal responsibility.
If people can not track down specific parameters of the figure of the "Righteous",  then if they will not catch the common features present in all genocidal experiences. What matters is the ability to listen to their conscience, to defend the principle of humanity beyond the constraints of ideological, religious, political, or ethnic, social and cultural rights.
The paradigm is the valuable experience of the Commission of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, expanded and deepened in the sign of universal reflection on man.

 

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historian and writer who resisted censorship and soviet repression in Poland