From NYT: Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change
Read the June 18, 2015 article in the New York Times by Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein here.
Excerpt from the article:
“Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.
The vision that Francis outlined in the 184-page encyclical is sweeping in ambition and scope: He described a relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment, for which he blamed apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness. The most vulnerable victims are the world’s poorest people, he declared, who are being dislocated and disregarded.” (highlights added).
Pope Francis seems to understand the core causes of climate change, and the meaning of environmental justice, better than many government officials and agencies in Madison and the U.S….