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A Hindu Reflection on Pope’s Climate Change Encyclical
Sunita Viswanath, Huffington Post

Through this Encyclical, the Pope has invited every person on the planet into dialogue on the many pressing ecological issues facing humanity – and their impact on the poorest people of the world. As I read the Ramayana and lose myself in the beautiful descriptions of forests, lakes and roaring confluences of rivers, each such site is revealed to me as holy. I am filled with renewed conviction that the only thing I can do in the face of gargantuan challenges such as global warming and global hunger and poverty is to try and keep my heart as clear as the river where Valmiki bathed, and learn to transform my grief and despair into selfless service (seva).

Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action
Gina McCarthy, Huffington Post

Earlier this year in a series of meetings at the Vatican on the Encyclical with key Papal advisors, Cardinal Turkson laid out our moral obligation to act on climate change not only from the compelling scientific data, but also from his own firsthand experience in Ghana. The meetings ended with a sense of urgency, but also with a feeling of opportunity and hope.

Boehner versus the pope
Bill Press, The Hill

The pope also condemned capitalism because of its role in development of global warming, thereby putting “at risk our common home, sister and mother earth.” As in his recently published encyclical Laudato Si’, Francis preached that climate change is real, that its primary cause is human activity and that political leaders have a moral duty to do something about it. This certainly won’t sit well with Congress’s Republican posse of climate deniers.

This Catholic supports climate fix
Tom Engelmann, Quad-City Times

Republicans, can you see the reality of what’s happening? Sens. Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley? I wanted to write before when the Pope’s encyclical came out and the Quad-City Times interviewed the vice-chair of the Scott County Republican party to demonstrate Catholic opposition to the Pope’s words. At that time, the only point he made was the Pope should keep his nose out of politics and stick to morality.

If the Pope gets climate change, why can’t we?
Raffi Cavoukian, Vancouver Observer

Pope Francis has become the leading global figure advocating for climate action. His encyclical on climate change is, for all nations, a stirring call to action. To be effective, B.C.’s climate strategy needs to be more than a carbon tax, and there’s simply no room for LNG risk.

Obama officials: Power plant rule part of a ‘moral obligation’
Timothy Carna, The Hill

Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy and Ambassador to the Vatican Ken Hackett wrote Monday that the EPA’s carbon rule fits with Pope Francis’s moral call to action on climate change released last month. “He makes clear our moral obligation to prevent climate impacts that threaten God’s creation, especially for those most vulnerable,” McCarthy and Hackett wrote in the post on the EPA’s blog and The Huffington Post.

Gov. Brown, Pope Francis, and Officials Gather To Stop Global Warming and Slavery
Daily Times Gazette

In Pope’s encyclical, he said that poverty and environmental concerns is not separate crises, but rather one complex crisis that is both environmental and social. The gathering of local and regional leaders in Vatican will be attended with representatives from United Nations.

Climate change and national interests
Dr. Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, The Irish Times

Indeed, it’s worth noting that our own climate Bill contains no specific targets for a reduction in carbon emissions, while the recently appointed Advisory Council on Climate Change comprises economists and representatives from agricultural and industry sectors, but not a single scientist.

Church of England leaders call on worshippers to fast for climate change
Nicole Hasham, The Sydney Morning Herald

The Church of England has pledged to fast for climate change action and pray for the Paris talks to succeed, urging the world’s 70 million Anglicans to take up the global warming fight. The pledge by the powerful English General Synod, which leads the mother church for Anglicans worldwide, follows a similar push by the Catholic Church last month, when Pope Francis released a major encyclical that warned climate change has grave implications and fossil fuel technology must be replaced.

Coal warriors targeting Pope Francis
Neil Ormerod, Eureka Street

What is surprising is that a Catholic priest should be joining the chorus against the encyclical. Fr James Grant, an adjunct fellow of the Institute for Public Affairs (IPA), has written a piece entitled ‘It’s unchristian to oppose coal generated power’ (The Australian, July 10), suggesting that the pope’s concern for the poor would be better placed promoting the advantages of cheap coal generated electricity.


The Australian’ gangs up on Pope Francis

Bruce Duncan, Eureka Street

In a series of articles, The Australian newspaper has strongly criticised the new encyclical Laudato Si: On care for our common home by Pope Francis as being wrong about climate change and ignorant about economics. Editor-at-large, Paul Kelly, on 24 June charged that the Pope’s language was ‘almost hysterical. Profound intellectual ignorance is dressed up as honouring God’.


Op-Ed: The pope, the EPA and the Supreme Court

C. Alton Robinson, Redlands Daily Facts

This is in stark contrast to the Pope’s next line: “Teach us to discover the value of every thing, to contemplate with amazement, to recognize that we are profoundly united with all creatures in our walk toward your infinite light.”

Pope, I haven’t read encyclical criticism from the US
Gazzetta del Sud

Pope Francis said on Monday that he has not yet read the criticism that was levelled at him after his recent ‘green’ encyclical. Pope Francis said he had “heard there was criticism from the US” about his condemnation of profit at any cost at the expense of the poor. “But I have not had time to read it yet,” he told journalists on board the papal plane from Asuncion to Rome at the end of his South America tour, during which he travelled to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. “Every criticism must be welcomed and studied but I have not yet talked to those critics,” he added.

Bruce Edward Walker has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. Most recently, he was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2007 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past three years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Midland, Mich., with his wife Katherine.

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