EcoLinks 06.15.15
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EcoLinks 06.15.15

Italian magazine publishes leaked version of pope’s eco-encyclical

An Italian magazine on Monday published what it claims to be a leaked copy of Pope Francis’ highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, including papal backing for the idea that human beings are primarily responsible for climate change, but the Vatican warned the document is a draft and should not be considered official.

How the Pope Could Turn U.S. Climate Politics Upside Down
Eric Roston, BloombergBusiness

Pope Francis sees it as an issue intrinsic to morality, social justice, and theology. Papal statements on the environment go back at least to 1971. Pope John Paul II spoke of “human ecology” and the sacred earth throughout his pontificate, from the late ’70s until his death in 2005.

Will the Papal Encyclical Bring the ‘Francis Effect’ to the Climate Debates?
Jim Wallis, Huffington Post

As we have seen with other issues, including women’s rights, gay rights, and poverty, Francis is intent not on upending Catholic Church doctrine but on changing Church emphasis and tone. He seeks to transition the image of the Church from dogmatic and infallible to humble and present in the world’s pain, suffering, and challenges.

Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate
John Vidal, The Guardian

In an unprecedented encyclical on the subject of the environment, the pontiff is expected to argue that humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources has crossed the Earth’s natural boundaries, and that the world faces ruin without a revolution in hearts and minds. The much-anticipated message, which will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops, will be published online in five languages on Thursday and is expected to be the most radical statement yet from the outspoken pontiff.

Pope: ‘Laudato Sii’ Encyclical Addressed to All
Junno Arocho Esteves, Zenit

“I invite you to accompany this event with a renewed attention to the situation of environmental degradation, but also of recovery, in its
territories,” the Holy Father said to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.“This Encyclical is addressed to all: let us pray so that all may receive its message and grow in the responsibility towards the common home that God has entrusted to all.”

Iowans to discuss climate change encyclicalencyclical-climate-change-urbandale/71139932/
Danielle Ferguson, The Des Moines Register

“It has the potential to be a real game changer,” Norman Wirzba, professor of theology, ecology and rural life at Duke University, told The Courier-Journal. “It will draw attention from people not just in the church, but people from outside the church. They will want to know what the pope has to say.”

Pope Francis’ climate encyclical could have ‘mayor impact’, says UN
Charlotte Malone, Blue & Green Tomorrow

The much anticipated encyclical, a letter set to bishops, is expected to argue that there is a moral duty to protect the environment and could spur many Catholics to take action on climate change. While some have welcomed the Pope’s involvement in the issue, others have criticised the move, stating that the Pope should stay out of such matters, including some US evangelical Christian leaders.

Stewardship for God’s creation: the Christian landscape behind Pope Francis’ new encyclical
CNA Daily News

On the topic of climate change, La Civilta Cattolica said it is “not contested” that the planet is warming. It cited the “very stark” November 2014 Synthesis Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Pope on Climate Change, Science, and Morality: Can His Message Change the Conversation?
Angela Anderson,Union of Concerned Scientists

Pope Francis has something important to say about climate change, and deniers who have used religion as their last bastion should take note. In this Pope’s world, science and religion are calling in harmony – and with urgency – for action on climate. The Pope is a leader of many firsts: the first Latin American pontiff, the first Jesuit, likely the first with a chemistry degree, and the first to issue a formal teaching for Catholics around the world that equates climate action with caring for one another.

Opinion: Pope Francis’s anticapitalist revolution launches on Thursday
Paul B. Farrell, Market Watch

Yes, he’s blunt, tough, he is a revolutionary. And on June 18 Pope Francis’s call-to-arms will be broadcast loud, clear and worldwide. Not
just to 1.2 billion Catholics, but heard by seven billion humans all across the planet. And, yes, many will oppose him, be enraged to hear the message, because it is a call-to-arms, like Paul Revere’s ride, inspiring billions to join a people’s revolution.

Senator James Inhofe to Pope Francis: Butt Out of Climate Debate
Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch

Never mind that Inhofe’s “shop” is fueled by millions from the oil and gas industry, he’s already trespassed on the Pope’s “shop” to make his hoax argument. In 2012, he appeared on a Christian radio program where he said, “The Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’”

Pope Francis’s Encyclical Could Have Bigger Impact Than the Paris Climate Talks, Says NASA Scientist
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

“I’m not a religious person at all,” NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt told USA TODAY, adding that faith-based efforts to shift thinking on climate action are very promising. “The Pope’s encyclical is probably going to have a bigger impact than the Paris negotiations.”

Pope Francis’ encyclical: PIK-scientists to speak in the Vatican and in Berlin
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

When the much anticipated environmental encyclical will be launched on 18 June, John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will give a speech in the Vatican. He’s the only scientist to join Cardinal Peter Turkson for the presentation.

Jesuit Mag Disses Climate Change Skepticsclimate-change-skeptic/
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart

The Jesuit flagship publication La Civiltà Cattolica has released a prefatory essay on the theology of the environment to prepare Catholics—and the world—for the Pope’s upcoming encyclical on human ecology. Rather than seriously entertain the objections of climate change skeptics and others who have expressed concerns about the Pope’s letter, however, the article cavalierly dismisses them as unworthy of consideration.

Bonn pushes climate talks a step forward ahead of Paris
Doyle Rice, USA Today

Last year was the warmest on record, and 2015 could top it.The next U.N. negotiating session will be in late August, also in Bonn.In the midst of all this, Pope Francis is expected to release his encyclical on climate change and sustainable development on Thursday at the Vatican.

Franciscan: Encyclical title affirms all creatures have common creator
Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

While St. Francis’ praise of Brother Sun and Sister Moon has been romanticized in many ways, Father Perry said, the obligations it carries
are very realistic and concrete: to defend human dignity, especially the dignity of the poor; to promote dialogue and reconciliation to end war; to
safeguard the earth and all living creatures; and to learn to live with just what one needs, not all that one wants.

Still waiting to hear what’s in it, US Bishops gear up to promote eco-encyclical’s message
Lisa Bourne, Life Site News

While they have not yet seen the document, the bishops say they have a good sense of what the Holy Father will say, between Scripture, Catholic tradition, and papal teaching from the current and earlier pontificates, and they are ready to teach Catholics about the impending encyclical on “the awesome responsibility of stewarding creation.”

Pope Francis May Find Wariness Among U.S. Bishops on Climate Change
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times

The church bulletin inserts are nearly ready to go. So are the emails to every Roman Catholic parish in the United States with preaching suggestions for the first Sunday after Pope Francis releases his encyclical on the environment. A week after that, on June 28, churches worldwide are being asked to ring their bells at noon to commemorate a “Thank you, Pope Francis” march in Rome being held that day.

Climate Expert: Marxists, Global Warming Extremists Control Vatican
Robert Wilde, Breitbart

Monckton explained that if one looks at the book of Genesis (“with dominion over the earth comes responsibility”) and heroes of the church like St. Francis of Assisi, taking care of the earth has always been “part of established Catholic social teachings. Nothing new in any of that. But what happened was a communist managed to get control of the pontifical academies of sciences and social sciences—Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.”

Rabbis issue a letter on climate change
David O’Reilly, Philadelphia Inquirer

When he learned in April that Pope Francis was preparing an encyclical on climate change, Rabbi Arthur Waskow was “really inspired.” Then the white-bearded lion of progressive Judaism asked himself, “What next?”

Countdown to the Environment Encyclical: 5. Laudato Sii – a call for all Christians
Ellen Teague, Independent Catholic News

I’ll be reaching for my guitar in the weeks ahead to sing, ‘Laudato Sii, o mi Signore’! My church folk group hasn’t sung it for years, partly because we can’t resist speeding up to the point where it is almost unsingable, but also because it is not in the Laudate hymnbook, which our parish uses. I’m just double checking that’s true – yes, two ‘Laudate Dominums’ and one ‘Laudate Omnes Gentes’.

Key to climate deal lies outside the United Nations arena, according to analysts
Richard Ingham and Mariette Le Roux, The China Post

The marathon effort to forge a world pact on climate change now hinges on what happens outside the U.N. arena in the coming months, analysts said after another faltering negotiation round.

Speaker at Vatican Climate Change Rollout Says Earth Overpopulated by 6B

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a leading German climate scientist who is set to speak as Pope Francis unveils his long-awaited climate change encyclical, once said the world is overpopulated by 6 billion people, reports.

Pope: Climate change is immoral
Bill Press, The Marietta Daily Journal

But if it takes a big ego to fun for president, it takes an even bigger ego to run against — the Pope! Meet Rick Santorum. Desperate to find one issue that separates him from the rest of the Republican pack of clowns, Roman Catholic Santorum has decided to attack Pope Francis for daring to speak out on climate change.

Pope Francis May Have To Walk on Water to Solve the Nagging Climate Change Problem
Empire State Tribune

Knowing Pope Francis’ resolve to solve problems even when the odds are really against him, he will not just watch on the sideline. He will have to tread carefully on the issue. Nevertheless, he will make sure that his views will be heard in the Paris conference next year. It could bring the long awaited solution to the nagging issues concerning climate change.

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. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 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 five 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 Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.