EcoLinks 07.15.15
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EcoLinks 07.15.15

Melville House Is Publishing Pope Francis’ “Call to Action” Encyclical on Climate Change
Steve Duffy, Flavorwire

Independent Brooklyn publisher Melville House has acquired the rights to be the first secular publisher of Pope Francis’ climate change encyclical: On Care for Our Common Home. The volume focuses on the fates of poorer nations, should current greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. It comes at an apt time, with the crucial UN climate talks (where leaders will try to reach a new global agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gases) due in Paris this December.

Civil Society Leaders Praise Pope’s Climate Encyclical
Eunsun Cho, World Policy Blog

Many major faith traditions are increasingly focusing on the issue of climate change. As an interfaith global movement for climate action, Our Voices recently organized Multi-Faith Emerging Leaders Convergence and an interfaith climate change march, which involved a diverse representation of major faith traditions and civic movements around the world. Father Fletcher, Coordinator of Our Voices and Executive Director of GreenFaith, a U.S.-based think tank for religion and ecology, expressed, “Fighting climate change is fighting poverty and injustice. All of us share the encyclical´s impatience at the lack of progress in the UN climate negotiations. Decisive action is needed now, we urge world leaders not to miss the opportunity at the next negotiations in Paris in December.”

Prominent Christians: Pope’s Climate Change Stance Harms Not Helps Poor
Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart

Two prominent Christian peers have rejected the Pope’s recent encyclical on climate change as backwards and more likely to increase not reduce poverty. They accuse the Pope of falling foul of thinking on climate change that hankers for a time before the Industrial Revolution which campaigners paint as simpler and easier, but was in fact more brutal and painful.

Institutional investors should head the pope’s call to protect the environment
John Streur, Pensions & Investments

The moral obligation the Vatican describes to protect the environment and the poor has a parallel concept in the institutional investment management industry: fiduciary duty. Asset owners and their investment managers must act in good faith in the interest of their beneficiaries, and they should act with care and diligence to produce beneficial outcomes for their fiduciary beneficiaries and clients. One could argue that by ignoring the effects of unchecked climate change and its societal outcomes, an investor is not living up to his/her fiduciary duty.

When the EPA Creates Catholic Doctrine, All Must Obey It
Frank Walker,

It’s important to remember that when we talk about the new FrancisGospel – so beloved by anti-Catholic technocrats and communists, and it’s dream of FrancisTopia, it would be a gross mistake to think its new moral code will be in any way voluntary. I know, right and wrong, as they have been revealed to us by God and his saints, should be something we can generally choose, but that doesn’t have anything to do with it.

Philippine bishops tackle climate change during general meeting
Simone Orendain, Catholic News Service

Archbishop Villegas had told CNS the issue of caring for the environment was “nothing new” to the conference, but with the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis made it new again because he “opens very interesting perspectives in the care for creation … for example, linking the cry of the earth with the cry of the poor.”

Make climate change an election issue
Maddie Reid, Whistler Question

Climate change action is also about social justice, as highlighted by Pope Francis in his recent encyclical. The world’s poor and future generations will suffer most from the extreme weather events, rising sea levels and ecosystem breakdown caused by our heedless fossil fuel consumption. This makes climate change an ethical issue with humanitarian implications.

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.