Laudato Si 48: Global Inequality

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Section V looks at “Global Inequality.”

48. The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet: “Both everyday experience and scientific research show that the gravest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poorest”.[BOLIVIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE, Pastoral Letter on the Environment and Human Development in Bolivia El universo, don de Dios para la vida (23 March 2012), 17]

The insight that environmental crisis and cultural harm are two aspects of the same disrespect. Pope Francis suggests we cannot isolate one problem from the other. Do you agree?

An example, and a recognition from a European bishops’ conference.

For example, the depletion of fishing reserves especially hurts small fishing communities without the means to replace those resources; water pollution particularly affects the poor who cannot buy bottled water; and rises in the sea level mainly affect impoverished coastal populations who have nowhere else to go. The impact of present imbalances is also seen in the premature death of many of the poor, in conflicts sparked by the shortage of resources, and in any number of other problems which are insufficiently represented on global agendas.[Cf. GERMAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE, Commission for Social Issues, Der Klimawandel: Brennpunkt globaler, intergenerationeller und ökologischer Gerechtigkeit (September 2006), 28-30]

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