EcoLinks 07.06.15
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EcoLinks 07.06.15

Cardinal Parolin explains the importance of the Encyclical “Laudato si’” for the Church and the world in the light of major events in 2015
Vatican Information Service

The theme of the Cardinal’s address was “The Importance of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ for the Church and the World, in the Light of Major Political Events in 2015 and Beyond”. Three key United Nations conferences are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2015: the “Third International Conference on Financing for Development”, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 to 16 July); the “United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, (New York, U.S.A., 25 to 27 September); and the “Twenty-First Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change” or “COP21” (Paris, France, 30 November to 11 December), for the purpose of adopting a new agreement on climate change. Cardinal Parolin affirmed that “the Encyclical will have a certain impact on these events, but its breadth and depth go well beyond its context in time”.

Catholic economist: Pope has ‘measured’ critique of U.S. economy
Laura Ieraci, Catholic News Service

Joseph Kaboski, a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and president of CREDO, an international organization of Catholic economists, said, “As an individual, the pope probably views redistribution programs as a more effective way of tackling poverty than economic growth,” though “most mainstream economists would disagree.”

Pope Francis calls us to act to save our planet
June Miller, The Register-Guard

Pope Francis’ encyclical urges us to care for these resources God has given us. Living in Oregon, I’m cognizant every day of what’s at stake. Oregon is known for its rich natural beauty and abundance of resources, and I want Oregon’s beauty, clean air and healthy water to be preserved for future generations.

Catholic Colleges In No Rush To Divest From Fossil Fuels After Pope’s Encyclical
Dayana Morales Gomez, Huffington Post

Student campaigns for divestment were already underway at the very wealthiest Catholic universities in the U.S. But so far, not a single American Catholic college or university has announced plans to divest in light of the encyclical.

Prince Charles Calls for Big Government Expansion: We Need A ‘Different Economy’
Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart

The Prince’s intervention follows the Pope’s much anticipated encyclical on climate change which promoted socialism in a similar vein. “The environment is one of those goods that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces,” Pope Francis said.

Boulder mayor to attend Vatican summit on climate change, modern slavery
Alex Burness, Daily Camera Boulder News

The Vatican has tapped Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum to participate in a conference on an unlikely pair of topics — human trafficking and environmental sustainability — taking place later this month at Pope Francis’s behest.”Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities” is a two-day, invitation-only convention starting July 21, and including 17 mayors from members of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.

Pope Francis visit puts pro-extraction politics of Andean leaders under magnifying glass
Associated Press

Pope Francis is expected to raise concerns about the environmental costs of development next week when he meets with Bolivian President Evo Morales and his counterpart in Ecuador, Rafael Correa, on the first two stops of a three-country tour. Francis’ weeklong trip follows his landmark encyclical demanding dramatic measures to halt climate change and ensure future generations aren’t living in “debris, desolation and filth.”

Digital Single Market Policy, Energy and Climate Change and more: European Union Policy Update for July 2015
National Law Review

On 18 June, Pope Francis released his first Encyclical, “Laudato Si,” dedicated to the relationship between humanity and the environment. The Encyclical highlights humanity’s moral responsibility in countering climate change as well as the relation between environmental degradation and inequality. The Encyclical may have a significant impact on conservative and Christian democratic parties in Europe, who will have to take important policy decisions on the EU’s emissions trading, renewable energies and circular economy regimes during the next years. Beyond Europe, the timing of the Encyclical is also well chosen just a few months before COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Paris where delegations from around the world will negotiate a new global agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gases in December.

Ecuador, First Stop on Pope Francis’s Tour, Highlights Tension Between Environment and Business

Yet with a heavy reliance on oil and mining, Ecuador, where Pope Francis begins his South America tour this weekend, is a prime example of tensions between politics, business and the environment at the heart of last month’s landmark encyclical.In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, the Argentine-born pontiff urged world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” and reverse mankind’s degradation of the planet.

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World
Ellen Hodgson Brown, Dissident Voice

Meanwhile, we live on a planet that holds the promise of abundance for all. Mechanization and computerization have streamlined production to the point that, if the work week and corporate profits were divided equitably, we could be living lives of ease, with our basic needs fulfilled and plenty of leisure to pursue the interests we find rewarding. We could, like St. Francis, be living like the lilies of the field. The workers and materials are available to build the infrastructure we need, provide the education our children need, provide the care the sick and elderly need. Inventions are waiting in the wings that could clean up our toxic environment, save the oceans, recycle waste, and convert sun, wind and perhaps even zero-point energy into usable energy sources.

No social justice without climate action
David Suzuki, Our

The government may be out of step, but Canadians are walking in step on the July 4 National Day of Action and the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Toronto the following day. Thousands of people, many representing a diverse range of organizations — environmental, labour, church, Indigenous, social justice, youth and more — are hoping to send a clear message to delegates to the Climate Summit of the Americas and Pan American Economic Summit in Toronto July 7 to 10.

The real low-down on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, Canada Free Press

With all due respect to his Holiness and the church, this document reads just like any other communist-based environment manifesto and is full of transparent communist jargon (especially the bold-faced words) promoted and supported by various United Nations-affiliated environmental NGOs.

Will we listen to Pope Francis about the injustice of climate change?
Edward Fitzgerald, Providence Journal

In no uncertain terms, the pope challenges the rich in countries such as the United States, and rallies support for the poor in countries such as Bangladesh. “Inequality affects not only individuals but entire countries; it compels us to consider an ethics of international relations,” he wrote. “A true ‘ecological debt’ exists, particularly between the global north and south.”

President Francis and Pope Obama
Jonathon David Carson, American Thinker

As a Catholic, what disgusts me more than any of the other disgusting events of the last few weeks is not the encyclical calling for an end to freedom and prosperity and for rule by tyrannical world authorities under the tutelage of the author of the encyclical. No, the worst of it is that so many bishops, priests, and laypeople excuse the inexcusable.

Nobel laureates call for action on climate change
Vanita Sriastava, Hindustan Times

Following the latest climate policy resolutions adopted by the G7 countries and the climate-oriented encyclical Laudato si’ issued by Pope Francis, the declaration by the scholars is another urgent warning of the consequences of climate change.

Smoking ban at Baclaran shrine Pope’s doing
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Fr. Joseph O. Echano, rector of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, also known as the Redemptorist Church, said the decision to turn the church into a “smoke free” area was in line with Pope Francis’ sweeping call to combat environmental degradation and climate change.

Why we should listen to the voice of the Church
Ray Azzopardi, Times of Malta

In ‘Quotes and News’, compiled by Fr Joe Borg in The Sunday Times of Malta (June 28), it was reported that Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in his reaction to US presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s negative remarks on the encyclical, commented: “We (should) stop making the artificial separation between moral issues, theological issues and business issues. We talk about these subject matters not because we are experts on these matters, we talk about them because they concern the impact on our lives.”

Fr. Cedric Prakash, Bilkul

The truth is that relegating or equating the Pope’s Encyclical to tree-planting is very unfortunate: either one does not have the courage to read the Encyclical nor the openness to be able to accept what the Pope is saying very directly and unequivocally.

An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Laudato Si
John Chryssavgis, First Things

What I would submit to you, therefore, by way of providing further background for the Papal Encyclical on Creation Care is that it has long been anticipated not only from an ecological perspective, but also in the context of ecumenical openness between two contemporary religious leaders, who are profoundly and steadfastly committed to restoring communion between their two churches—which Constantinople likes to characterize as “sister churches” and Rome is fond of describing as “two lungs breathing together.”

Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet
Joel Kotkin, The Daily Beast

Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—into one new green faith.

Pope Francis, science and government are reframing climate change
Stephen V. Sundborg and Howard Frumkin, Seattle Times

Pope Francis has already changed the conversation in the Catholic Church by prioritizing issues of justice and mercy. He holds a unique status today as a moral leader not only of Christians but of all peoples of the world. He has used that moral authority to call for a needed moral conversion about what he considers the interconnected issues of the environment, the poor, humanity, global development and peace.

Progressive Pope’s climate concerns go beyond faith
Adam Mathieu, The Oracle

One immediate positive response is taking place in Catholic colleges here in the U.S. Huffington Post reported on students from schools such as Georgetown, Notre Dame and the University of Dayton campaigning to see their schools divest in fossil fuels. On June 4, Georgetown was the first of these major Catholic schools to take an important step by divesting from mining companies using the resource in energy production.

Pope calls us to stop self-destructive actions
Raul Grijalva, The Arizona Republic

Those root causes are all around us. Neglect of our education system. Disregard for the needs of the hungry and downtrodden. A self-defeating attitude that says everyone is in a fight to the top and collateral damage is the price of success. Above all, a refusal to see our local, national and global communities as true communities.

Pope Clashes With Republicans Over Climate Change And Poor
The Inquistr

The divide between Catholic leaders and Republican presidential candidates threatens to undermine the historically conservative voter base, and some Republicans aren’t happy about it.

Pope Francis Brings Focus on Poor to South America
John Follain and Nathan Gill, BloombergBusiness

Francis may speak about resource depletion, global poverty and the impact of the free-market economy on climate change, all of which featured in the encyclical.

Pope Francis arrives in South America, ready to focus on climate change and the poor
The Week

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets as Pope Francis made his way to Quito, Reuters reports, with many waving flags featuring his picture and others throwing gifts. On Monday, he will deliver a mass in the coastal city of Guayaquil, and on Wednesday, he will fly to Bolivia to visit the Palmasola prison and is expected to speak up for the rights of indigenous people. While in Paraguay, the pope will meet with several social activists.

Pope Francis comes ‘home’ to South America
Girish Gupta, The Sydney Morning Herald

“From the peak of Chimborazo (volcano) to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for you,” he said.

March for Jobs, Justice and Climate draws on allies for a clean-energy revolution
Tamara Khandaker, The Star

David Suzuki, Jane Fonda, Naomi Klein and Joel Plaskett marched loudly through downtown Toronto on Sunday, along with thousands of others: an eclectic coalition of unionists, environmentalists, anti-poverty groups, faith organizations, health care workers, and leaders from frontline First Nations communities.

Creation’s Order of Love: How (Not) to Read Laudato Si’
Mary Taylor, Religion and Ethics

I have already noted that the encyclical, like the Catholic faith itself, must be grasped as a whole (though, in the case of the faith, this “grasping” or “seeing” will never be exhaustive): concentrating only on specific parts not only misses the whole and its meaning, but distorts the parts themselves. At the end of June, I attended the presentation of Laudato Si’ by Cardinal Turkson of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the United Nations and was gratified to see that that is how he presented the document.

Laudato sì’ coming soon in Urdu, with the help of Muslims
Kamran Chaudhry, AsiaNews

The encyclical ” Laudato sì “, with which Pope Francis urged the world to act in a concrete way to combat climate change, “will soon have a version in Urdu and translation work will start this week.” This was revealed to AsiaNews by Fr. Liam O’Callaghan, of the Society of St. Columban for Foreign Missions.

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.