Laudato Si 35: Blocking Migration

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

Some animals require space and movement to maintain health, to reproduce, and to exist as they were made. It is easy enough to look at a specimen of nature, but more difficult to consider the actual environment where a species lives, especially when such an environment ranges across wide spaces.

35. In assessing the environmental impact of any project, concern is usually shown for its effects on soil, water and air, yet few careful studies are made of its impact on biodiversity, as if the loss of species or animals and plant groups were of little importance. Highways, new plantations, the fencing-off of certain areas, the damming of water sources, and similar developments, crowd out natural habitats and, at times, break them up in such a way that animal populations can no longer migrate or roam freely. As a result, some species face extinction. Alternatives exist which at least lessen the impact of these projects, like the creation of biological corridors, but few countries demonstrate such concern and foresight. Frequently, when certain species are exploited commercially, little attention is paid to studying their reproductive patterns in order to prevent their depletion and the consequent imbalance of the ecosystem.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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