The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.
Along with paragraphs 17-18, this section serves as an introduction to Chapter One. I doubt one can find much dissent, especially among Christians, with the analysis that the hope we place in technological progress is not always well-placed.
19. Following a period of irrational confidence in progress and human abilities, some sectors of society are now adopting a more critical approach. We see increasing sensitivity to the environment and the need to protect nature, along with a growing concern, both genuine and distressing, for what is happening to our planet.
Likewise, there has been over the past fifty years, more of a concern for the state of the environment. Perhaps there has been a coming together of the concerns of the 50’s and 60’s for safe conditions for people, the threat of nuclear devastation, the concerns that led to the observance of Earth Day, and even today, people who have a favorite cause, as well as those who promote awareness for the greater good.
Let us review, however cursorily, those questions which are troubling us today and which we can no longer sweep under the carpet. Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.
Those questions will be addressed in paragraphs 20-61: pollution, climate change, water, biodiversity, the impact on human beings, inequalities in the world, and weak responses from leaders.
Meanwhile, any comments?