Laudato Si 169: Delays On Climate Change

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Climate change remains a locus of delay and obfuscation:

169. As far as the protection of biodiversity and issues related to desertification are concerned, progress has been far less significant. With regard to climate change, the advances have been regrettably few. Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, above all on the part of those countries which are more powerful and pollute the most.

Three qualities which reveal the moral fiber of those who dawdle on the issue.

The Conference of the United Nations on Sustainable Development, “Rio+20” (Rio de Janeiro 2012), issued a wide-ranging but ineffectual outcome document. International negotiations cannot make significant progress due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good. Those who will have to suffer the consequences of what we are trying to hide will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility. Even as this Encyclical was being prepared, the debate was intensifying. We believers cannot fail to ask God for a positive outcome to the present discussions, so that future generations will not have to suffer the effects of our ill-advised delays.

Note the request for intercessory prayer on the work needed to protect the planet–and us–from catastrophic climate change.

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