EcoLinks 09.24.15
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EcoLinks 09.24.15

As Pope Francis Meets America, a Climate Science Scholar Offers a Fresh View of the Encyclical
Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times

As Pope Francis gets into high gear on his visit to the United States, it’s worth reviewing details and contexts in the extraordinary message to Catholics and the rest of the planet in “On Care for Our Common Home,” the encyclical he issued earlier this year. The core message lies in a simple phrase in the poem he included: “The poor and the Earth are crying out.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Pope’s Call to Tackle Climate Change ‘Is a Moral Imperative’
Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch

Herzenberg asked Kennedy what he thought of the political stance the Pope has been taking. Kennedy responded, “We have the ice caps melting, we have millions of environmental refugees, we have water supplies drying out, we have fires and floods and cities being inundated and it’s a crisis right now and what he is saying is that we need to treat this as the crisis that it is.

Even liberals think the Pope needs an economics lesson
Chris Matthews, Fortune

Certainly, many on the American left would agree with the Pope’s analysis, but there was one part of the text that rankled economists, even those who have long advocated for a concerted effort to combat climate change. Not only does the pope condemn modern capitalism as the cause of climate change. He also argues that market-based solutions to the problem will only exacerbate our reliance on an economic order that has caused major problems:

Artist explains climate change banners
Maura Judkis, The Washington Post

Gan Golan, 40, is the artist who designed eye-catching banners that were held aloft for the duration of the entire climate change rally Thursday. He chose quotes that, in his opinion, “amplify the most important parts of the encyclical,” he said, referring to Pope Francis’s June paper calling for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful. “I wanted people to honor the pope not just as a person,” Golan said, “but honor the most important parts of his message.” Golan thought the pope’s speech to Congress was “incredibly rich and provocative,” he said. He was very much speaking to young people.”

Pope Francis lectures on climate change at White House: Action can’t wait
Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

President Obama and Pope Francis on Wednesday morning spoke in unison on the need to confront climate change and save the planet, with both men saying humanity has a moral obligation to act now and not saddle future generations with a growing problem.

Pope Francis’ Historic Visit to the U.S. and the Chance to Spur Action on Climate Change
Bianca Jagger, Huffington Post

The Pope has criticised the lack of leadership on climate change and the “failure of global summits” to produce meaningful agreements. In his Encyclical he said, “There are too many special interests, and economic interests [that] easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected.” I fear Pope Francis is right.

Benedictine U. series to examine pope’s views on environment
Madhu Krishnamurthy, The Daily Herald

A panel of Benedictine University faculty members next week will examine Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment and its moral implications for ecological, theological and political transformation in the fight against climate change.

Pope Francis highlights climate change, immigration at White House
Al Jazeera America

A frequent critic of the damage caused to the world’s poor and the environment by capitalism’s excesses, Francis this year released a papal document, or encyclical, demanding swift action on climate change. Obama, whose plans for a climate change bill were thwarted in Congress early in his presidency, said he shared the pope’s concerns about the environment.

Bernie Sanders Really Likes What Pope Francis Is All About
Ashley Alman, Huffington Post

The senator admitted that he disagrees with Pope Francis on women’s right to choose and marriage equality, but said the pope’s stance on climate change has been “hugely important.” He referenced Pope Francis’ 192-page encyclical on the environment in which the pontiff called climate change the Earth’s response to the “irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God placed in her.”

Pope on Climate Change: ‘A Critical Moment of History’
George Prentice, Boise Weekly

Meanwhile, officials at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise have expressed growing interest in the pope’s stance on climate change. An editorial in the June 19 edition of the Idaho Catholic Register, titled “Pope Francis sees the forest for the trees,” states that the pope is not trying to ‘convince the inconvincible’ that climate change exists, but instead demonstrate why humanity should be concerned.”

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.