EcoLinks 08.11.15
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EcoLinks 08.11.15

Pope declares Sept. 1 a ‘World Day of Prayer’ for the environment
Rosie Scammell, Crux

The Vatican on Monday announced a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global agenda.

For Caritas India, Laudato si’ provides the country with an opportunity for growth and development

For Frederick D’Souza, executive director of Caritas India, spoke to AsiaNews about Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical two months after its publication.

Bp. Stika (D. Knoxville) on true human ecology, Planned Parenthood, trauma
Fr. Z’s Blog

Reading the news around the Catholic world you would think that prelates and priests and lay faithful alike are going absolutely loony about climate change. Since Laudato si’ it seems as if those who read selectively have been rushing lemming-like to the ever warming sea. Running screaming waving their front legs… which lemmings can’t really do and still run. But I digress.

Diocesan social action directors take time to focus on ‘Laudato Si’’
Ed Langlois, National Catholic Reporter

“To be at odds with creation is to be at odds with God,” Dominican Sr. Kathleen McManus, associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland, said in a presentation to the institute’s 275 participants. “And it’s to be at odds with our neighbor and with our deepest selves.” Sponsored by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, the institute convened at the University of Portland July 19-23, focusing on the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

The political implications of ‘Laudato Si”
Maureen Fiedler, National Catholic Reporter

Praise has been lavished internationally on Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change (Laudato Si’), both among Catholics and across interfaith lines. However, strong conservatives and climate change deniers (they should actually be called “science deniers”) have criticized either its content or the fact that the pope ventured into this realm in such a big way — as if preserving the natural world were not a moral concern.

How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in One of the Most Polluted Neighborhoods
Jasmine Aguilera, Alternet

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.

Evangelicals should support pope on climate change
George Motsay, The Morning Call

A summit meeting on climate change will be held in Paris this December. Meanwhile, the Vatican has been conducting high-level workshops on the moral dimensions of climate change that resulted in Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si,” believed to be aimed at influencing the outcome in Paris. The encyclical is a ringing call to action based on a cautious interpretation of climate science.

Leading the charge in the climate change fight
Jim Redden, Portland Tribune

At the same time, Hales says he and his staff were surprised by the two invitations. The first was to attend a conference related to the July 21 release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. The second was to attend President Obama’s Aug. 3 release of new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy plants.

The President’s Clean Power Plan Offers Great Opportunity to NYC
Jose E. Serrano, Gotham Gazette

In September, Pope Francis will bring his message of compassion, care, and justice to New York City. This historic and momentous occasion comes after His Holiness released an Encyclical earlier this year on climate change and ecology. In “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis highlights the moral obligation we all have to confront climate disruption and to protect the most vulnerable communities among us threatened by climate change. Last week, our nation took a significant step towards meeting that goal.

Staring Over the Brink: Obama, Brown, and High Stakes Climate Politics
Jim Miller, San Diego Free Press

So, as with our own Governor of California who ominously warns that “we are talking about extinction” during a Vatican event on climate change, but refuses to take on big oil here at home, there remains a chasm between creed and deed.

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.