Luigino Bruni (EoF Scientific Director): “Teenagers are also teachers for us”.
ASSISI (Italy) – Not only young people, but also teenagers will be among the participants in the next global face-to-face event of The Economy of Francesco (EoF), where this new global community will sign a Pact with the Holy Father for a new economy next September 24, at the end of the three-day event scheduled from September 22-24, 2022 in the Seraphic City (Assisi, Italy). The community, which in these three years has not stopped meeting and working online, is also composed of about twenty young teenagers from different countries, including Ralyn Satidtanasarn known by the nickname of Lilly, a very young integral ecology activist from Thailand who has been fighting against the use of plastic for years. Although most of the teenagers are Italian (they come from Collegio San Carlo in Milan, Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice in Lecco and the Ragazzi Mondo Unito and Nomadelfia, among others), there are also young people from: Syria, Vietnam, Thailand, Slovakia and Brazil. All are between 13 and 17 years old. Boys and girls involved in sustainable development initiatives such as #ZeroHunger and in issues of integral ecology and the fight against climate change. A young Brazilian girl will also be present, involved in the Pacar School project (Pacar School) born within EoF.
“This time,” commented Luigino Bruni, Scientific Director of The Economy of Francesco, “is a time of new protagonism of young people and of adolescents in particular. Never as in recent years have the youngest people been at the forefront of the demand for a radical change in the economy and society, the most radical that has been demanded in recent decades. Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future generation,” adds Bruni, “have represented the most important innovation of the 21st century in terms of environmental culture and a new development model. Today these teenagers are at the frontier of change in the world, they are teachers, they exercise a true magisterium for all of us and we are particularly happy that teenagers, the prophecy of Francis, are present and active in Eof in a significant way”.