Pope: Pollution, Carbon Emissions a Sin & Global Warming to harm the Poor

By Nika Knight, staff writer | (Commondreams.org) | – –

Humans are turning the planet into a ‘polluted wasteland full of debris, desolation, and filth,’ says Pope Francis

“The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis on Thursday put forth an urgent call for people to actively work to save the environment, proposing that the Catholic Church add such a duty to the list of “seven mercies,” which includes feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, which Catholics are required to perform.

“We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour.”

—Pope Francis”Francis described man’s destruction of the environment as a sin,” the Guardian reported.

“The modern world has new forms of poverty, Francis said, and thus requires new forms of mercy to address them,” the Washington Post noted.

In his speech to mark the church’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which the pope created last year, Francis accused humans of turning the Earth into a “polluted wasteland full of debris, desolation, and filth.”

Remarking on the planet’s rapid warming, Francis observed that “[c]limate change is also contributing to the heart-rending refugee crisis. The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact.”

“We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour,” he said. “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence.”

“We have no such right,” Francis said.

Francis’ speech built on ideas he first put forth last year in Laudato Si, his unprecedented encyclical on climate change and environmental protection.

Earlier this month, Francis also excoriated capitalism for leading to endless war.

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2 Responses

  1. The Pope cries in the wilderness. I have long pondered the decline of morality in the Western world and found no simple answer. In Hellenic days, and in the pre-Christian Roman era, any one of the innumerable ‘natural’ disasters that have befallen our world would have been attributed to some offence offered the Gods, and oracles, priests, the Sibylline Books, would have been consulted to seek the nature of the offence and the required remedy. Today, with an arrogance not even the most powerful ruler of those eras would have assumed, all is taken to be ‘man made’ and by extension correctable by man alone. That is what is leading us towards Armageddon, an absence of awareness, of reverence, of respect for anything higher than mankind, and then not even all mankind but just selective members of it. These are the deep rooted attitudes that deter and exclude the wise from seeking office, and they are vividly reflected in the bleak choice facing the US electorate today. Mammon has brought the human race and much else of Earth’s life to the edge of extinction. It is already uprooting millions from the Earth’s more arid areas and fracturing carefully balanced social systems. I doubt it is reversible.

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