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EcoLinks 09.08.15

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Seeing the Wood for the Trees
Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou, Pravmir.com

In recent times, the ecological crisis has been brought increasingly to our attention. Scientists, the media, Hollywood, thrash metal bands, and a horde of environmentalists from politicians to tree-hugging hippies and pseudo-Buddhists, have all had their say. But there is one voice on environmental issues that seems to only speak in hushed tones, and this is the voice of Christianity.

Pope Francis Ushers The Second Coming Of Peronism
Maureen Mullarkey, The Federalist

The gospels do not provide economic or political revelation. Christianity offers no syllabus for monetary, industrial, or trade policy. Papal encyclicals are not blueprints for eradicating poverty. They provide no practical means by which fine ideals and morally satisfying solutions to hard problems are best achieved. Papal utterances can even hinder effective discussion. History testifies that the language of justice, delivered with divine sanction, can serve tyranny and disintegration as easily as it gratifies popular emotion.

Huelskamp: Pope Francis chose an ‘important time’ to address Congress
Justin Wingerter, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Since beginning his papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis hasn’t shied away from broadening his rhetorical horizons to weigh in on issues such as climate change and foreign policy.


The Pope, the Encyclical and Notre Dame
Sarah Senseman, Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Observer

Notre Dame is the world’s leading Catholic university and has always been a global force in combatting social justice issues such as poverty and injustice. ‘Laudato si’ has shed light on our new mission. We share a home with 7 billion other people and it is quickly becoming sick. Pope Francis issued a call to save our planet and we are obligated to answer. We can wait for other people to work it out or we can take action now. This is the greatest challenge our generation will face.

California governor lays out ambitious climate-change plan
The Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown has made climate change the centerpiece of his final tenure by laying out the most aggressive benchmark in North America, which would reduce California’s carbon footprint and boost the state’s renewable energy use to 50 percent in 15 years.

Pope Francis: Eco-Warrior
Newsweek

Few papal encyclicals can be lauded as “eagerly awaited” by the public at large like May 2015’s Laudato Si’, a 184-page letter “On care for our common home.” In the treatise, which is addressed to everyone on Earth, Francis goes into remarkable detail—all of it underpinned by a sense of scientific fact and civic responsibility—about pollution, overuse of resources, changing landscapes and declining biodiversity. “Greater investment needs to be made in research aimed at understanding more fully the functioning of ecosystems and adequately analyzing the different variables associated with any significant modification of the environment,” Francis writes.

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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.

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