NEWS ANALYSIS - Environmental disasters and the Church's commitment: the path of safeguarding creation in Central Asia

Saturday, 11 July 2020 laudato sì   sustainable development   caritas   renewable energies   environment   creation   safeguarding creation  

Astana (Agenzia Fides) - Integral ecology and the protection of creation are issues that are still little felt in the five Countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan), strongly marked by environmental disasters inherited from the policies of the former Soviet Union. This is what is reported to Agenzia Fides by Alessandro De Stasio, Sustainability Analyst and expert on the geopolitics of the "Stan", as the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia are defined: "In recent years, steps forward have been made for greater sensitivity towards environmental issues in Kazakhstan, thanks to a decidedly more stable economic situation, greater propensity to attract foreign investments. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan play an important role in the field of environmental sustainability, but for pure economic interest: their energy independence can derive exclusively with great hydroelectric potential, a feature that configures them as 'green' Countries. However, there is little attention paid to those communities that are submerged by the basins created by large dams or due to floods often caused by the release of water during the winter, for maximizing energy production. In Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan there are economies which are too dependent on fossil fuels and still too weak to venture into sustainable revolutions".
In a context of still low sensitivity, at a social and institutional level, the small Catholic communities in the countries of the area undertake to promote the culture of "caring for the common home", in harmony with the encyclical Laudato Sì. (...) - continues