EcoLinks 09.11.15
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EcoLinks 09.11.15

Symposium on Pope’s encyclical sparks reflections on climate change
Mike Polhamus, VTDigger

The pope’s letter has been lauded by members of the environmental movement and scoffed at by climate-change skeptics. Speakers at a symposium held by St. Mike’s, a private Catholic college in Colchester, say Francis’ environmental advocacy is not surprising, and they say the document is not solely focused on the natural world.

Pope Francis’ visit is just one ring in 2016 campaign circus — but it’s a big one
Rick Hampson, USA Today

On Sept. 24, when Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff to address a joint session of Congress, there’ll be no coup d’etat. But his first U.S. visit could be another wild card in the unpredictable 2016 presidential race, especially if he touches on controversies such as Planned Parenthood funding, global warming, immigration or the Iran nuclear deal.

14 Tompkins residents arrested in protest at Crestwood appeal to Pope Francis
Jolene Almendarez, The Ithaca Voice

Just two weeks before Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, where he is widely expected to call for urgent action to protect the world’s environment, 28 people, led by local members of the Catholic Worker Movement, formed human chains shortly after sunrise this morning across both entrances of Crestwood Midstream on Route 14.

Pope Francis Leading the Way for a Cleaner, Safer World
Margaret I. Cuomo, The Huffington Post

I applaud the pope’s strong stance on climate change and the need to preserve the earth for future generations. When we speak of maintaining clean water supplies and a sustainable use of the environment, we should also stress the elimination of harmful chemicals in consumer products.

UN Secretary General: Pope Francis a man of moral voice and purpose
Vatican Radio

“[Pope Francis] is a man of humility and humanity, and he is a man of moral voice, and purpose.” There were the words with which the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, described the Holy Father in an exclusive interview with Vatican Radio ahead of the Pope’s visit to the United Nations in New York at the end of September. “We are looking forward with great excitement [to] His Holiness, Pope Francis’ visit to the United Nations,” said Ban, adding, “I’m grateful for his compassionate leadership for peace and humanity.”

Hopes Pope will speak out in US about planet’s health
Ian Harris, Otaga Daily Times

Look for a consensus on a sustainable environment beyond national interests, and find the political will – and build the international institutions – to act upon it. Is this really what religion is about? Too right! Care for the environment raises issues of what it means to live responsibly as humans today.

Clear and present danger
Rosemarie Milsom, The Newcastle Herald

The first session we attended featured Canadian activist, author and filmmaker Naomi Klein. Her new documentary and book, This Changes Everything, centre on the impact of capitalism on the environment. Klein chose to focus on Nauru in her session, which in her view represents all that is wrong with our ‘‘throw-away culture’’, a phrase she borrowed from Pope Francis. Klein, a self-described, secular Jewish feminist, was invited by the Vatican to contribute to the Pope’s climate-change encyclical.

Mir Faizan Anwar, The Kashmir Monitor

One of the significant decisions in the environmental history is the recent climate change encyclical of Pope Francis. The document is now the church’s official position on the environment which includes the practical guidance and is being hailed as a major intervention in the climate change debate. It presents a rare locking of arms between the church and the scientific community.

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.