Laudato Si 42: The Need for Ecological Research

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

42. Greater investment needs to be made in research aimed at understanding more fully the functioning of ecosystems and adequately analyzing the different variables associated with any significant modification of the environment. Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another. Each area is responsible for the care of this family. This will require undertaking a careful inventory of the species which it hosts, with a view to developing programs and strategies of protection with particular care for safeguarding species heading towards extinction.

This is likely one aspect with which all players should be able to agree, that more research is needed. While it is nearly impossible to deny a warming trend in the climate, likewise it is easy to see many environments in the world are endangered by human activity. How life works in complex environments: this is something that deserves further study.

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