EcoLinks 08.07.15
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EcoLinks 08.07.15

Conference will address climate change, other messages from Pope Francis
Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register

During a conference hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on Saturday at the Christ Cathedral, McGuinness will shed light on these topics while explaining them in the context of Pope Francis’ 184-page encyclical in which he called for “a bold cultural revolution.”

The Religion of Climate Change
Nicholas G. Hahn III, The Wall Street Journal

Pope Francis should avoid making any imprudent statements during his visit to the U.S. in September, lest he get further entangled in the president’s agenda. The Clean Power Plan doesn’t put humans at the center of the environment, as Laudato Si’ recommends. Mr. Obama’s regulations aim to reduce power-plant carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. Thus he implicitly renews his January 2008 pledge to “bankrupt” the coal industry. The Heritage Foundation predicts that by 2030 the plan would result in an “average annual employment shortfall of nearly 300,000 jobs.”

What motivates CEOs to solve the world’s big social and environmental problems?
Marc Gunther, The Guardian

What turns a person into a sustainability crusader? Author and professor Steve Schein wanted to know, so he interviewed corporate sustainability executives – people who have dedicated their careers to doing business better – to find out what makes them tick.

His words add morality to a strong scientific consensus for quick action
Michael E. Kraft, Tribune News Service

The unique contribution that Pope Francis made to this debate was to add a strong moral dimension to the prevailing scientific and economic discussions of climate change and the environment. He highlighted humanity’s pursuit of continued growth in material consumption at the cost of planetary health and human well-being, which he found to be morally reprehensible.

Remembering Hiroshima: The Threat of Nuclear War and Climate Change
Laura Turner Seydel, EcoWatch

On Dec. 8, 2014 the Vatican released Pope Francis’ statement on nuclear weapons called Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition, which argues that the possession of nuclear weapons, even for purposes of deterrence, is immoral. The very existence of nuclear weapons prevents global peace from becoming a reality. A couple months later on May 24, 2015 Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home,” detailing the immediate threat of climate change.

Senate resolution endorses view that climate change is real & needs immediate action
Sen. Al Franken

Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) led a group of his colleagues in introducing a resolution backing Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change and the environment. The Pope is scheduled to deliver an address to Congress late next month. In the resolution, which Sen. Franken introduced with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Udall (D-N. Mex.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the group called on the entire Senate to stand with the Pope and an overwhelming majority of the scientific community in acknowledging that climate change is real and being caused mainly by humans.

The Wemstroms: Climate change needs action, not studies
Chuck and Pat Wemstrom, The Journal Standard

In his encyclical, “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis wrote: “Those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms.” Sen. Kirk doesn’t need a study. The voters pay him and his staff to know what’s happening. His job is to do something.

Religious Leaders Rally The Faithful On Climate Change
Josh James, WUKY

Moved by Pope Francis’ recent encyclical calling on the Catholic faithful to combat climate change, a diverse collection of local religious leaders gathered in Lexington Thursday to find common ground on environmental issues.”May we as mutual people of faith find a mutual and united voice,” Peggy Hines prays as about 30 local activists bow their heads.

Udall Introduces Resolution Backing Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
Sen. Tom Udall

In the resolution, which Udall introduced with Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the lawmakers called on the entire Senate to stand with the Pope and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community in acknowledging that climate change is real and caused primarily by humans.

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.