I like this pope.
Speaking to invited oil industry leaders in the Vatican in early June, Pope Francis reminded them of the moral argument for fighting the emerging climate crisis, as well as ethical principles that should be followed by energy companies expanding into developing countries.
The linked piece is from the BBC, with photo credit to Reuters.
His comments build on his Encyclical letter of June 18, 2015 “On the Care of Our Common Home,” and on earlier moral and faith principles made by Popes Benedict and John Paul II in favor of fighting for the environment to protect the poor.
In his extensive 2015 letter to the faithful, he points out that pollution and environmental degradation hurt the poor – who alway get hurt worst and first by drought, failed agriculture or extreme weather event, creating much of the world’s current and future mass refugee flows. And though we’ve always had these disasters, the emerging climate crisis makes them much worse and more frequent, a new danger for humanity.
By releasing the 2015 Encyclical, Pope Francis essentially re-set the religious dogma of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics: They are now asked to fight climate change and other environmental degradation and pollution, as a core moral obligation of the faithful.
How? By embracing the well-known list of global warming solutions. And in addition to clean energy and other lifestyle changes in the developed world, the Pope called for the energy industry to make efforts to raise the standard of living of the developing world by eliminating energy poverty, using only clean energy.
From the Reuters transcription of the Pope’s comments:
” ‘Our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of extreme climate changes due to a catastrophic rise in global temperatures, harsher environments and increased levels of poverty.’
‘The world needed to come up with an energy mix that combated pollution, eliminated poverty and promoted social justice, he added.’
‘As many as one billion people still lack electricity, he said.’
(I like this Pope.)
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Not sure how to start saving the planet (civilization, really)? Start by always remembering Al Gore’s famous saying: “Hope is a renewable resource.”
Then, our practical answer becomes “Deeply know the personal Superpowers” we all bring to the game of life:
3) To save the planet, USE OUR VOICES and take advocacy seriously! Never miss a vote and never, ever stop influencing your government and all businesses locally, at the state level, and at the national level. As well, set a solid example for all around you to see. Jawbone to others about what we need to do, and influence them as peers. Finally, have an annual cash donations program. All of these are ways we can use our voices.
Stay focussed: Lead the way with substantive global warming solutions. (Far from being a bummer, this is actually a fun trend for each of us to be part of… get energized!) Our kids and their kids will be proud of us.
And in all cases and at all times, cast aside the learned-helplessness that infects so much of modern life… the time is now for climate change solutions. Never give up.
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