Beware of hasty comparisons. The sobriety plan unveiled by the government has a vague scent of “waste hunt”. But the parallel with the 1970s stops there. The era has nothing to do with it, the stakes are infinitely higher. We are facing an energy crisis of unprecedented magnitude and complexity. Russian aggressiveness is an aggravating factor, but it is not the only cause of high prices. These will not disappear with the return of spring, nor even with the end of the war. And, beyond the problems of supply, climate change also obliges us to act.
We are experiencing a moment of change that will change our habits and our behavior not for a few months, but for decades. The sum of small gestures offered yesterday to the French in the form of an incentive is essential in the short term, but derisory beyond that. Smoothing electricity consumption, avoiding unnecessary journeys, lowering the heating, turning off billboards and – why not – buying turtlenecks: all this is necessary to get through the winter. But this is only the beginning. And even the beginning of the beginning. Sobriety is here to stay. This observation, it is possible to face it without sinking into the dizziness of eco-anxiety. In this regard, Christians are not without resources, especially those who keep in mind this passage from the encyclical Laudato si ‘: ” Sobriety, (…) it is not less life, it is not a low intensity of life but quite the contrary. (…) Happiness requires knowing how to limit certain needs that stupefy us, thus making us available to the multiple possibilities that life offers. »