Pope Francis in his encyclical on caring for our common home calls for all of humanity to care about climate, care about creation, and care about the poor. Climate change and environmental degradation cannot be solved without solving the problems of poverty and inequality. The Pope intricately weaves moral and spiritual teachings with science, economics, and politics, addressing environmental values as well as human dignity and human rights.
The Pope identifies interconnected themes in the encyclical:
As examples, I will point to the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, the conviction that everything in the world is connected, the critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology, the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, the value proper to each creature, the human meaning of ecology, the need for forthright and honest debate, the serious responsibility of international and local policy, the throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle. These questions will not be dealt with once and for all, but reframed and enriched again and again. ¶ 16.
The Pope is already being attacked because he critiques unbridled capitalism, a culture of throw away consumerism, and a blind faith in technology and invisible market forces. The critics are wrong. The Pope does not condemn the strategy of buying and selling carbon credits, for example. He points out that market based strategies alone will not solve the problems of environmental degradation, poverty, and inequality. Thus:
We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature. ¶ 131.
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for our Common Home (official English version) @Pontifex’s #Encyclical
Carta Encíclica Laudato Si’ del Santo Padre Francisco sobre el Cuidado de la Casa Común (en Español) #encíclica @Pontifex_es
Climate is a civil rights and moral issue as well as a health, economic, and environmental issue.
El cambio climático es un asunto de derechos civiles y moral, así como de salud, economía y medio ambiente