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EcoLinks 08.24.15

A new poll on climate change
National Center for Science Education

A new poll on public attitudes toward Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change included questions on the occurrence of climate change itself. Asked “Do you think that global warming is happening, or do you think global warming is not happening?” 69% of respondents said yes, 16% said no, 15% said that they were not sure, and 1% skipped or refused to answer the question.

Faith Digest, Aug. 22, 2015: Forum to focus on Pope’s Encyclical
Santa Cruz Sentinel

The free event, hosted by the Progressive Christian Forum of Santa Cruz in association with Resurrection Church, is slated for the week after Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress, will give the larger Santa Cruz community an opportunity to reflect on the message of the pope’s recent Encyclical about environmental issues as well as his visit to the United States.

Tennessee Catholic high school teachers eager to dive into the papal encyclical
Theresa Laurence, Crux

Father Ryan High School theology teacher Brent Fernandez grows a garden at home, raises chickens, and rides his bicycle to school when he can…. On the June morning when Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Fernandez “was like a teenager on the day their favorite band drops a new album.” He pored over it, immediately connecting with so much of what Pope Francis wrote about, formulating how he would incorporate the encyclical into his junior-level Catholic social teaching class at Father Ryan.

Muslims taking action against climate change
Pelin Cengiz, Today’s Zaman

The declaration has been approved by more than 60 participants and organizations from 20 countries, while those who signed it from Turkey included only Ali Kurt, representing the Union of Muslim World NGOs and Professor İbrahim Özdemir, an academic at İpek University. It is also rather interesting that the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs did not attend the meeting, even though it had been invited and the meeting took place in Turkey.

Students At East Harlem Catholic School Getting Pumped To Meet Pope Francis
Bill Blare, Junior College

While a growing mountain of media coverage speculates on the political and cultural implications of the Pope’s message, what may be the most profound is the psychological, even mythological potential for this moment in history to lead to a new grand narrative for sustainability throughout the world.

Card. Tagle to Indonesian bishops: Laudato sì is for non –Catholics too
Mathias Hariyadi, AsiaNews

Laudato sì is “the moral conscience of the Catholic Church on how to behave toward Earth, a living environment for humans, a gift of God who creates life for all people”, said Card. Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and president of Caritas Internationalis, in a speech in Jakarta to members of the Indonesian Bishops Conference (KWI).

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.