EcoLinks 08.05.15
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EcoLinks 08.05.15

Naomi Klein on Visiting the Vatican & the Radical Economic Message Behind Papal Climate Encyclical
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Following the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, a major conference on climate change was held at the Vatican. Speakers included our guest, Naomi Klein, author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.” We speak to Klein about her trip to the Vatican and the importance of the pope’s message – not only on climate change, but the global economy.

13 Arrested at Crestwood Blockade While Reading Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch

This morning’s recitation continued the read-aloud from the Pontifical document, Laudato Si! On Care for Our Common Home, that began during a blockade on June 30 and that continued during blockades on July 7 and July 20. All together, 44 people have been arrested as part of encyclical-themed blockades at Crestwood.

Why an Indie Press in Brooklyn Is Publishing the Pope
Naomi Shavin, New Republic

In the last year, Melville House has accomplished two lightning-speed publishing projects: in December of 2014, the small press rushed out copies of the Senate Torture Report in just 19 days; today is the release of their edition of the Pope’s encyclical on climate change. By publishing standards, the speed with which they have brought the encyclical out is extraordinary: leaked on June 15 on the website of Italian magazine L’Espresso, less than two months later it is in print with an introduction by Naomi Oreskes, a history of science professor at Harvard.

Pelosi praises papal climate encyclical during Italy visit
Colleen Barry, Deseret News

Pelosi said the pope’s manifesto, which called for a bold cultural revolution, carried a moral authority with the power to directly shape public sentiment on the issue, and perhaps in turn influence members of Congress.

Christian leaders call on candidates to address climate change, inequality
Sara Weissman, Deseret News

Quoting Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” the statement asks candidates to make this election “a national examination of conscience” by proposing practical steps to amend political and economic systems that contribute to climate change and poverty.

EPA unveils Clean Power Plan, as faith groups quick to embrace
Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

Faith-based groups, including the U.S. bishops, quickly embraced the plan, with many aligning action on curbing fossil fuel emissions with themes from Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical.

Faith leaders, citing Francis, push GOP debate to address inequality, climate change
Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

The faith leaders noted that in his own encyclical letter on the environment, Pope Francis “reminds us that ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ are one and demand a collective response. The same global economic system that puts profit before human dignity leads to the sin of environmental degradation.”

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.