Laudato Si 38: Two Lungs

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

Remember, religion people, Pope Francis is not talking about Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy when he speaks of two lungs for Planet Earth:

38. Let us mention, for example, those richly biodiverse lungs of our planet which are the Amazon and the Congo basins, or the great aquifers and glaciers. We know how important these are for the entire earth and for the future of humanity. The ecosystems of tropical forests possess an enormously complex biodiversity which is almost impossible to appreciate fully, yet when these forests are burned down or levelled for purposes of cultivation, within the space of a few years countless species are lost and the areas frequently become arid wastelands.

And quite often, it truly is a waste.

A delicate balance has to be maintained when speaking about these places, for we cannot overlook the huge global economic interests which, under the guise of protecting them, can undermine the sovereignty of individual nations. In fact, there are “proposals to internationalize the Amazon, which only serve the economic interests of transnational corporations”.[Aparecida 86] We cannot fail to praise the commitment of international agencies and civil society organizations which draw public attention to these issues and offer critical cooperation, employing legitimate means of pressure, to ensure that each government carries out its proper and inalienable responsibility to preserve its country’s environment and natural resources, without capitulating to spurious local or international interests.

Thoughts on rain forest preservation?

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