Pope Francis is about to publish his Encyclical on Climate Change!

Pope Francis is about to publish his Encyclical on Climate Change!
Here’s the opening section (from the final draft):

Unsustainable consumption coupled with a record human population and the uses of inappropriate technologies are causally linked with the destruction of the world’s sustainability and resilience. Widening inequalities of wealth and income, the world-wide disruption of the physical climate system and the loss of millions of species that sustain life are the grossest manifestations of unsustainability. The continued extraction of coal, oil and gas following the “business-as-usual mode” will soon create grave existential risks for the poorest three billion, and for generations yet unborn. Climate change resulting largely from unsustainable consumption by about 15% of the world’s population has become a dominant moral and ethical issue for society. There is still time to mitigate unmanageable climate changes and repair ecosystem damages, provided we reorient our attitude toward nature and, thereby, toward ourselves. Climate change is a global problem whose solution will depend on our stepping beyond national affiliations and coming together for the common good. Such transformational changes in attitudes would help foster the necessary institutional reforms and technological innovations for providing the energy sources that have negligible effect on global climate, atmospheric pollution and eco-systems, thus protecting generations yet to be born. Religious institutions can and should take the lead in bringing about that change in attitude towards Creation.

The Catholic Church, working with the leadership of other religions, can now take a decisive role by mobilizing public opinion and public funds to meet the energy needs of the poorest 3 billion people, thus allowing them to prepare for the challenges of unavoidable climate and eco-system changes.

On Tuesday, the Vatican takes another step toward the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate, energy, ecology and equity.
dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com|By Andrew C. Revkin

1 thought on “Pope Francis is about to publish his Encyclical on Climate Change!

  1. From NYT Comments:
    J.C. Clark San Francisco 15 hours ago

    Nice piece. Now if we could only get conservatives and fossil fuel interests to see that it’s in their best interest to help transition to a clean, renewable energy economy too (as the back half of this century and beyond is going to get very ugly if we don’t). I also agree that we need to address population management, but it looks like it may already be too late too avoid calamity on this front.

    The World Can be Powered by Alternative Energy, Using Today’s Technology, in 20-40 Years
    – For about the same amount we currently spend on oil and gas — or less if you include all the damage fossil fuels do to public health and the environment
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/january/jacobson-world-energy-012611….

    Examining the Feasibility of Converting New York State’s All-Purpose Energy Infrastructure to One Using Wind, Water, and Sunlight
    http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/NewYorkWWSEnPolic

    The Solutions Project: A Roadmap For All 50 States to Transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2040
    http://thesolutionsproject.org/

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