EcoLinks 07.03.15
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EcoLinks 07.03.15

Enviros That Supported The Pope’s Encyclical Tout Abortion To Solve Global Warming
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller

Here’s some irony for you. The same environmentalists that fervently supported the Pope’s call for global governance over the climate and oceans are also pushing explicitly anti-Catholic policies to fight global warming: more access to contraceptives and abortion.The Sierra Club was just one of many environmental groups that supported the Pope’s call to address man-made global warming. When Pope Francis published his encyclical in June, they issued a strong statement of support for the Bishop of Rome’s call to action.

Vatican considers divesting from fossil fuels
Timothy Cama, The Hill

Max Hohenberg, spokesman for the Vatican’s bank, told the newspaper the issue is largely irrelevant, because about 95 percent of the bank’s investments are in government bonds, so “there isn’t much to divest.”

The Amazing Vanishing Climate Change Fund!
The American Interest

But these announcements are not a cure-all for the problems that threaten to bedevil the climate summit. Conspicuously absent from all of these announcements were any concrete contributions to a proposed $100 billion fund intended to assist the world’s poorer countries in coping with climate change. As it’s currently sketched out, the developed world would pay into this massive fund annually, and that money would go towards helping the developing world mitigate and adapt to climate change. But as Bloomberg reports, little progress has been made towards seeing this policy realized:

How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood
Jasmine Aguilera, Moyers & Company

After the June 18 release of “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and humanity’s responsibility to protect it, young Catholics decided to host a rally to spread awareness of climate change’s effect on the poor, particularly Latinos in Southern California. Some Catholics are hopeful that events like this, inspired by the encyclical, will spread and lead to a new emphasis on climate action within the faith.

Pope Francis Heads to Iowa to Press Republicans on Marriage Climate
Breitbart News

“You see a lot of coalitions of Catholics and evangelicals working on the life issue together,” Scheffler said. “You could lose some Catholics to this. Some priests buy into that whole social justice, income distribution thing. But not all of them.”

Religious leaders want presidential candidates to back Pope on climate change
Dar Danielson, Radio Iowa

The associate director of the Catholic Climate Covenant in Washington, Lonnie Ellis, was on hand and asked about where climate change ranks as an issue right now with the presidential candidates. “We’re still not hearing much about what Pope Francis says is one the principle challenges facing humanity and we are still not hearing much about it from any of the candidate. So, I think that’s pretty low right now in terms of them getting out and speaking about this issue,” Ellis says.

Iowa Catholics Will Put GOPers In ‘Awkward Position’ On Climate Change
Thomas Beaumont and Rachel Zoll, Talking Points Memo

It will also focus attention on how the six Roman Catholic seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former New York Gov. George Pataki, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — will wrestle with a pope’s teachings on economics and climate change that clash with traditional Republican ideology.

Vatican-sponsored conferences further unpack ‘Laudato Si” from frames of farming, climate
Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

On Wednesday, a panel of a leading United Nations climate official, a development head and “a secular Jewish feminist” all spoke ahead of a two-day conference focusing on climate change, titled “People and Planet First: The Imperative to Change Course.” The meeting, running Thursday and Friday, was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and CISDE, an alliance of Catholic development agencies.

Pope Francis and Rose Harvie are both friends of the earth
Bill Heaney, Daily Record & Sunday Mail

Francis has made his commitment to conservation and preservation of the environment in an important encyclical issued from Rome.Rose has made the environment, community and conservation in Dumbarton her passionate concern for many years now.

Will Rising Heat in the Climate Change Debate Propel Action?
Knowledge at Wharton

“The Pope is looking at the subject [of climate change] from a spiritual and religious point of view,” said Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-in-large of the Catholic magazine America. Recalling the message “Till the earth and keep it” in Genesis 2, he added, “We’ve done a good job of tilling it, but not such a great job of keeping it.”

Pope Francis speaks up for the planet
Roy Wehrle, Illinois Times

The encyclical is magnificent in two ways. It calls a spade a spade in uncompromising language: Capitalism is now rogue and climate change is on our back. Also, and remarkably, the encyclical weaves together what are generally seen as separate issues: poverty, income inequity, industrial damage to the environment and climate change.

Religious leaders meet French president to advocate for climate justice
Vatican Radio

A statement calling for a binding agreement on climate change to limit global warming has been presented to the French president Francois Hollande by representatives of the Conference of Religious Leaders of France (CRCF) on 1 July at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France.

Church chimes in on climate change
Daniel Ynfante, The Riverdale Press

The Episcopal Church rang its bells and prayed in support of “One Earth, One Human Family,” a march held that day from Piazza Farnese in Rome to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City — in honor of Pope Francis’ “Praised Be” encyclical, calling for climate action from world leaders.

Our Common Good
Gina Snyder and Michele Benson, Wicked Local

The encyclical is well-timed for prodding governments as they develop domestic climate-change plans to prepare for a United Nations summit meeting in Paris in December. The meeting’s aim is “to reach, for the first time, a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies.”

Georgians Respond to Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change
Kate McCormick, Sierra Club

And in Georgia last week, in front of a small church called St. Timothy’s, we tried to embody Pope Francis’ ideal. Members of the Church stood alongside environmentalists in solidarity and support of the Encyclical. The purpose of the press conference was not only to reiterate Pope Francis’ message that we need to do all we can and work together to combat climate change, but also to show that regardless of background, ideology, or religion, we can call for a commitment to cleaner air, food, and water from an interfaith perspective.

What the World Thinks of the Pope’s Encyclical in 7 Tweets
Drew Toal, NextGen Climate Action

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called out those who argue that the Pope, as a spiritual leader, is not qualified to share promulgate his views on science. Pope Francis himself asserted “science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both.”

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.