Updated: Jan 21
On April 15, the world was in shock as The Cathedral of Notre Dame caught on fire. This historic, French monument was created about 850 years ago. It is a symbol of France with its beauty, and Christianity. Many visit the city of Paris to view the cathedral and experience its history. Millions feared the loss of Notre Dame as the fire began.
It is said that the fire was accidentally caused by construction on the cathedral. After it was noticed, countless firefighters spent hours attempting to set out the fire. Because of their hard work, the majority of the cathedral was spared, including its structure. About two-thirds of the roof was destroyed, and the spire collapsed during the blaze. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has vowed to the people of France, and the world, that he would restore the cathedral. He claims he will make it even more beautiful, and he plans to finish reconstruction in five years. The French government has set aside millions of dollars for the cause. Countless civilians, companies, and more have donated to the reconstruction of the Cathedral as well. As of now, a grand total of one billion dollars has been dedicated to it.
Although the fire is catastrophic to many, others debate why the Cathedral is such a large concern. Why are so many people devoting money to a building when famine, climate change, and inequality plague the world? According to Canyon Echoes, “Climate change is a huge problem that affects all of us, and sending millions of dollars to repair a single building instead of repairing the Earth goes to show that many people still don’t realize the severity of it all.”
The fire of Notre Dame was tragic, yet there are plans to restore the historic monument. Some wonder if the building should be restored, since there are more important issues that need to be addressed. In the end, everyone just wants the world to be a better place. How the world can be improved, however, is up for discussion.