Category: Current Affairs
Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 00:00
Written by Shawn Danker
Pope Francis made history last week in Laudato Si, his latest encyclical to Catholics around the world. The Pope brought new rigor to the climate change debate with his latest encyclical by acknowledging that the global phenomena was the direct result of human activity. Pope Francis called upon the world's richest nations to begin paying their debt to the poor and take substantial steps to combat climate change, saying that inaction has caused our "common home" to "resemble a pile of filth".
Why was this new development so important the world you may ask? Because the Pope has essentially rendered one of the biggest excuses that climate change denialists have been using to postpone action on the environment moot. With one fell swoop, Pope Francis is more in touch with the woes of the people than any smooth talking politician has ever been.
We felt that it was important to highlight some of the key passages from the Laudato Si because our MSM has been totally silent on what could be a turning point in the fight against climate change.
1) Climate change has serious repercussions. "Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost forever," wrote the Pope.
2) Rich nations are destroying poor ones, and the earth is getting warmer. "The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming."
3) Probably THE most important part of the Pope's missive: Christians have misinterpreted the bible and "must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures."
4) Access to safe potable water is "a basic and universal human right".
5) Technocratic supremacy leads to the ruination of nature and the mistreatment of people, and the free market on its own "cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion.”
6) Population control does nothing to tackle the suffering of the poor. “In the face of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life.” And, “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion.”
7) Gender differences DO matter, and “valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different.”
8) The world community has been sitting on it's hands doing nothing: “Recent World Summits on the environment have not lived up to expectations because, due to lack of political will, they were unable to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements on the environment.” Pope Francis writes “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good.” And, “there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago.”
9) Everyone must act. Individuals must take action. “An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness,” he writes. We should also consider taking public transit, car-pooling, planting trees, turning off the lights and recycling.
10) By the way, why are we all here on Earth in the first place? “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”, he writes.