The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope Francis places the environmental crisis as an ethical fault:
162. Our difficulty in taking up this challenge seriously has much to do with an ethical and cultural decline which has accompanied the deterioration of the environment.
Individualism is cited. A badge some wear proudly, and many conservative Christians must surely wonder about, as certain secular conservative values are at odds with a moral lifestyle:
Men and women of our postmodern world run the risk of rampant individualism, and many problems of society are connected with today’s self-centered culture of instant gratification.
Instant gratification sabotages the best of human culture:
We see this in the crisis of family and social ties and the difficulties of recognizing the other. Parents can be prone to impulsive and wasteful consumption, which then affects their children who find it increasingly difficult to acquire a home of their own and build a family. Furthermore, our inability to think seriously about future generations is linked to our inability to broaden the scope of our present interests and to give consideration to those who remain excluded from development. Let us not only keep the poor of the future in mind, but also today’s poor, whose life on this earth is brief and who cannot keep on waiting. Hence, “in addition to a fairer sense of intergenerational solidarity there is also an urgent moral need for a renewed sense of intragenerational solidarity”.[Benedict XVI, Message for the 2010 World Day of Peace, 8: AAS 102 (2010), 45]
Today’s last word in chapter four comes from our previous pope. Have you any comment to add atop that?