EcoLinks 06.22.15
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EcoLinks 06.22.15

The Pope’s Solution for Warming: Pray
Holman Jenkins, Jr., The Wall Street Journal

But changing lifestyles and the means of production and militating against inefficiency is what the global economy, about which he seems so ambivalent (at best), does every livelong day. Last year the 20 biggest economies produced 3.3% growth with zero increase in emissions over 2013. One reason was American fracking. Another reason was China’s nascent shift from an export-oriented, goods-producing economy to one more focused on services and domestic consumption.

The encyclical’s footnotes say a lot about this pope
John L. Allen Jr., Crux

With Laudato Si, Francis effectively has pioneered a new model for the development of official Catholic teaching, one in which the Church’s center takes its peripheries seriously indeed.

The first encyclical wholly from Francis overturns expectations

The first encyclical wholly from Francis overturns expectations’Laudato si’ is not only an example of the Magisterium’s social teaching: it also represents the birth of a new literary genre among papal documents. Normally in the modern epoch, Popes have included in encyclicals doctrinal themes. But ‘Laudato si’ is not a doctrinal text — it is rather a pastoral letter based on the classical Latin American method: see, judge, act.

The Vatican Takes on Climate Change: Making Sense of the Pope’s Encyclical
Stewart M. Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations

As the head of the Catholic Church and Christendom’s most prominent leader, the pope wields unrivaled spiritual and moral authority within conservative U.S. faith communities—including many that tend to vote Republican. Francis’s encyclical does what scientists cannot: offer a rationale for climate change action grounded in theology and morality.

Brother Glum, Mother Earth
Steven Malanga, City Journal

But the nearly 38,000-word document—most of which is not about climate change—actually reads like a giant step backward for the Church’s social teaching: a rejection of technological progress; a dark, narrow vision of human nature that ignores the enormous gains the world has made in alleviating human suffering; and an almost antihuman call, reminiscent of the most radical environmentalists, to reduce human activity drastically as the only way to save the planet.

But the nearly 38,000-word document—most of which is not about climate change—actually reads like a giant step backward for the Church’s social teaching: a rejection of technological progress; a dark, narrow vision of human nature that ignores the enormous gains the world has made in alleviating human suffering; and an almost antihuman call, reminiscent of the most radical environmentalists, to reduce human activity drastically as the only way to save the planet.

Environmentalists praise, climate change doubters downplay Pope Francis’ environment encyclical
Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

The reaction to Pope Francis’ ground-breaking encyclical urging efforts to curb climate change and protect the environment have been predictable, with environmental groups supporting the 190-page message and those who question the effects of global warming dismissing his missive.

Pope Francis Uses Encyclical To Deliver Moral Message On Climate Change
Melissa Block, National Public Radio

The pope is directing this encyclical not just to Catholics, but as he puts it, to every person living on this planet. To talk more about Pope Francis’s message, we called on John Carr. He directs Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

Obama on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
President Barack Obama

As Pope Francis so eloquently stated this morning, we have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children’s children, from the damaging impacts of climate change. I believe the United States must be a leader in this effort, which is why I am committed to taking bold actions at home and abroad to cut carbon pollution, to increase clean energy and energy efficiency, to build resilience in vulnerable communities, and to encourage responsible stewardship of our natural resources. We must also protect the world’s poor, who have done the least to contribute to this looming crisis and stand to lose the most if we fail to avert it.

Pope Francis at center of climate change debate

President Calderón Welcomes Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
The New Climate Economy

Climate change affects not only Creation, but also our neighbors – our fellow men, women and children – who are already impacted by droughts, hunger, and hurricanes,” said President Felipe Calderón, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate. “If we do not act now, it will be them, the poor, the hungry, that will suffer most.

Pope Francis Calls for Climate Action in Seminal Encyclical
Environmental and Energy Study Institute

The Pope, with his scientific background as a chemist, and with guidance from a handful of scientists and economists, explores all the issues related to climate change—from its causes to its impacts. Within the first few pages, Pope Francis lays out the major environmental problems that are affecting our world, including pollution and climate change, the depletion of natural resources, and the loss of biodiversity.

Garamendi Statement on Pope Francis Climate Change Encyclical
Safe Climate Caucus

Nineteen Safe Climate Caucus members released statements on the Pope’s encyclical.

Pope Francis Takes on Climate Change

Pope Francis, who studied chemistry in Buenos Aires before entering the seminary, writes that a “very solid” scientific consensus has formed about the causes of climate change. “A number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity,” he writes.

United Nations Foundation Board Welcomes Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change
United Nations Foundation

With his encyclical Pope Francis is calling on us to pursue a more sustainable path – for the sake of the least among us and for generations to come. As his namesake Saint Francis said: “Remember that when you leave this Earth you can take nothing of what you have received, but only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.” May we apply what each of us has been given to protect the Earth we all share.

With climate encyclical, the Pope has knocked one out of St. Peter’s
Elizabeth Renzetti, The Globe and Mail

It is a rare document that cites The Divine Comedy, the works of Thomas Aquinas and the Basel Convention on hazardous waste. There cannot be many modern communications that, in place of emojis, give us quotations from St. Basil the Great along with the phrase “synthetic agrotoxins.”

Pope Francis Quotes Islamic Poet to Push Climate Change
William Bigelow, Breitbart

Pope Francis I’s controversial climate change encyclical, which embodies redistributionist economic philosophy in the guise of environmentalism, and wraps all of that up in an eggshell-thin Biblical reinterpretation, doesn’t merely draw from secularist philosophy and environmentalist truisms: it draws from Muslim poet Ali al-Khawas.

Environmentalists elated by Pope’s encyclical
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Former Climate Change Commissioner Naderev Saño, who resigned in April to lead the People’s Pilgrimage, said the Pope’s encyclical was a “very important message and people should take it seriously.”

Tagle tells faithful: Enrich on Pope Francis’ encyclical
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the country’s Catholic faithful to “study, enrich, discuss and meditate” on the various points of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.

Pope’s Encyclical: Pro-Climate-Change, Anti-Population Control, Pro-Life, Anti-Gender Ideology
John-Henry Westen, The Christian Post

In paragraph 50, he derides those who “can only propose a reduction in the birth rate” as the solution. He laments international pressure on developing countries making “economic assistance contingent on certain policies of ‘reproductive health.'” He suggests that “demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared development,” and says that to “blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues.”

Pope Francis’ encyclical: a summons to a decision
David Cloutier, The Baltimore Sun

Pope Francis is not the first pope to address environmental issues; Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI firmly addressed them. And the U.S. Catholic Bishops have been issuing significant documents about energy, natural resources and climate change since at least 1981. So why a full-blown encyclical? And, most importantly, why now?

Helen Clark welcomes Pope Francis’ climate change encyclical
John Aravosis, United Nations Development Programme

We welcome Pope Francis’ engagement on this important global issue, and hope it inspires other world leaders take a similarly strong stance.

Why the Pope’s encyclical is about much more than climate change
Belinda Reyers, World Economic Forum

The encyclical points to positive examples of action to reverse the degradation of the environment, to clean up pollution, restore forests, protect species and renew urban green space. This is reflected in recent shifts in the way nature and the environment are included in decision-making of governments, businesses and development banks.

Analyzing the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change
Harvard Gazette

Responding to the encyclical, Harvard President Drew Faust said, “Climate change is among the most dire and devastating threats confronting people and the planet today. It was clear from the time he chose to be named after St. Francis of Assisi that Pope Francis would demonstrate a powerful reverence for all living things, and deep compassion for the most disadvantaged among us. In showing how climate change is both a threat to the planet and to impoverished peoples across the globe, Pope Francis’ encyclical highlights climate change as one of the most urgent social justice issues of our time.”

Pope’s Encyclical is ‘a wake-up call to a world sleep-walking into disaster’
Liz Evans, Trocaire

“Trócaire is dealing with the consequences of climate change on a daily basis. Drought, flooding, storms and forced migration are all on the rise. Although we are insulated from the worst impacts in Ireland, we must not forget that hundreds of millions of people around the world are struggling to survive in great part due to the changing climate.”

Pope to Developed World: Greed is Causing Climate Change, Inequality
Jon Queally, Informed Comment

A message to leaders and supporters of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis, cataloging the threat of climate change and the moral imperative to act aggressively to combat its root causes, is being heralded around the world on Thursday as a powerful—even ‘radical’—statement from one of the world’s most recognizable religious leaders.

The Pope’s Encyclical On Climate
M.C. Tilton, Sierra Club

Climate enthusiasts everywhere rejoiced as Pope Francis released his long-awaited breakdown of climate impacts in the world today. He’s got some pretty rad points that are worth celebrating for the impact they’ll have on societal opinion.

The Pope Sounds Off on Climate Change
Allegheny Front

To explore the implications of the encyclical, the Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple spoke with Daniel Scheid, an assistant professor of theology at Duquesne University, a Catholic University in Pittsburgh.

How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight
Anthony Faiola and Chris Mooney, The Washington Post

“This was their Waterloo,” said Kert Davies, executive director of the Climate Investigations Center, who has been tracking ­climate-change deniers for years. “They wanted the encyclical not to happen. And it happened.”

Pope’s encyclical encourages Cititzens’ Climate Lobby to get busy in DC
Kelsey Thomasson, Lancaster Online

On Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 chapter members will join more than 900 others from CCL chapters across the country at the sixth International Citizens’ Climate Lobby Conference in the nation’s capital.

DC archbishop: Pope gives climate change ‘moral dimension’
Mark Hensch, The Hill

Cardinal Donald Wuerl said on Sunday that Pope Francis provides a moral element to the debate over climate change.“That’s what the church brings, that’s what he brings to this discussion,” Wuerl told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.

Marco Rubio on Pope Francis, climate change, Confederate flag, Jeb Bush
George Bennett, Palm Beach Post

I have no problem with what the pope did. He is a moral authority and as a moral authority is reminding us of our obligation to be good caretakers of the planet,” Rubio said. “I’m a political leader and my job as a policymaker is to act in the common good. And I do believe it’s in the common good to protect our environment. But I also believe it’s in the common good to protect our economy. There are people all over this planet and in this country who have emerged from poverty in large respcect because of the availability of affordable energy. It creates industries. It makes the cost of living lower. And we have to take that into account as well.”

Asian Churches plan to delve into Pope’s encyclical
Vatican Radio

A letter issued on behalf the Archbishop of Manila noted that the encyclical does ‎not in any way pretend to resolve scientific questions related to the environment and climate change. ‎‎“Rather it offers a pastoral analysis and appeal nurtured by the Bible the Catholic Social Teachings, the ‎pronouncements to Popes, and a reading of the current ecological conditions we are facing.”

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.