EcoLinks 08.21.15
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EcoLinks 08.21.15

AP survey finds only 4 in 10 US Catholics know of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change
Associated Press

Forty percent of American Catholics and 31 percent of all adults said they were aware of the encyclical, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and Yale University. Among Catholics who knew about the document, just 23 percent said they heard about it at Mass.

The Islamic Climate Change Declaration Could Be More Effective Than Pope Francis’s Encyclical
Emma Foehringer Merchant, The New Republic

Pope Francis may have soaked up headlines earlier this summer when he published a whopping 192-page encyclical on climate change, but this week Muslims issued a declaration that could influence an even larger population than the Catholic decree. The declaration, announced Tuesday as part of the two-day International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul, further exemplifies the trend of faith-based climate activism ahead of the U.N. climate change summit in December.

Ex-minister submits proposal for climate change initiative
Alison Noone, Associated Press

Soderberg said he was emboldened by Pope Francis’ sweeping manifesto on climate change that was released in June. In the encyclical, the pope said people of all faiths and no faith are called “to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”

Cardinal Bo: Asian churches must take lead on climate change
Vatican Radio

Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has urged Asian churches to take the lead in combating climate change, warning in a homily delivered Aug. 18 that “evil is marching with glee, destroying human families, destroying God’s gift of nature.”

Santo Niño de Cebu and Pope Francis’ appeal for the environment

The Pasig River procession was the first one in Metro Manila for the Santo Niño de Cebu and it was for a special mission – to send a message to the faithful on the urgent need to care for the environment. “This is in support of Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You),” Fr. Harold Rentoria of the Order of St. Augustine said. This is the papal encyclical in which Pope Francis called on all people around the globe to take united action to mitigate climate change.

Vatican official raps fossil fuels
Catholic World News

The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences traveled to a remote Amazonian chapel in Brazil, where he presented the Pope’s new encyclical on ecology to an indigenous community on August 16.

Western Mainstream Media Censor Green Left Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si’” Message For Urgent Action On Climate Change
Dr. Gideon Polya, CounterCurrents

Mainstream media lie as no better exampled by the extraordinary censorship of the powerful and radicalizing climate change action message of Green Left Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato si’” by US, UK and Australian Mainstream media, most notoriously by the UK BBC, the US CBS, the US Murdoch Media Empire’s Fox News and The Australian, and the taxpayer-funded Australian ABC. Censorship, lying by omission and lying by commission will doom the planet.

S&P launches Catholic Values Index
Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace Economy

The new Catholic Values Index notably includes companies that explore for, extract and process fossil fuels, which Pope Francis critiqued in his June 2015 encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home. In the encyclical he wrote: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels — especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas — needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”

July was Earth’s hottest month on record; scientists say climate change is worsening California drought
Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News

Brown traveled last month to the Vatican to attend a summit on climate change held by Pope Francis, who issued an encyclical in June that said “the Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” He added: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

Caritas Karachi launches planting campaign against climate change ‎
Vatican Radio

A parish in Pakistan is taking seriously Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ by engaging in a planting campaign against climate change. The students of the parish of St. Jude in Karachi have planted more than one thousand seeds of trees of various species, including the Neem, Peepal, Siris and Conocarpus species. The initiative is part of the Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign 2015 launched by Caritas Karachi in collaboration with the Church and the support of the Karachi Social Forestry and Sindh Forest Department. The slogan this year is “Plant a tree to care for and save Creation”.

Limit carbon pollution to benefit the public’s health
Don Corrigan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pope Francis is one moral authority who does not believe climate change is a hoax. With his encyclical, Laudato Si (Praise Be), he urges us to see climate change as a moral issue. The pope’s message includes reference to scriptural teachings to explain the values on which the encyclical is based: Teachings on the dignity of all human beings and the connection of humanity to the Earth. People of all faiths have responded to Pope Francis’ words that “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principle challenges facing humanity in our day.”

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.