Laudato Si 153: Transportation

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. More on cities, and how to get around in them:

153. The quality of life in cities has much to do with systems of transport, which are often a source of much suffering for those who use them. Many cars, used by one or more people, circulate in cities, causing traffic congestion, raising the level of pollution, and consuming enormous quantities of non-renewable energy. This makes it necessary to build more roads and parking areas which spoil the urban landscape. Many specialists agree on the need to give priority to public transportation. Yet some measures needed will not prove easily acceptable to society unless substantial improvements are made in the systems themselves, which in many cities force people to put up with undignified conditions due to crowding, inconvenience, infrequent service and lack of safety.

How to prioritize costly systems? Cars and trucks, of course, benefit from substantial government investment in paved roads.

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