Laudato Si 145: Local Damage

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. This is a sad tale, repeated often over the past five centuries:

145. Many intensive forms of environmental exploitation and degradation not only exhaust the resources which provide local communities with their livelihood, but also undo the social structures which, for a long time, shaped cultural identity and their sense of the meaning of life and community. The disappearance of a culture can be just as serious, or even more serious, than the disappearance of a species of plant or animal. The imposition of a dominant lifestyle linked to a single form of production can be just as harmful as the altering of ecosystems.

Up until a century ago, it would have been the fruits of colonialism. Today, corporations and the elites of the Third World have come to the fore as tramplers of culture and tradition.

 

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