Laudato Si 180: No Single Way

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. If we can talk about corruption being a common obstacle in both tHird World countries as well as the developed world, the specifics of fighting it–and other human failures–is better left to nations, regions, and localities.

180. There are no uniform recipes, because each country or region has its own problems and limitations. It is also true that political realism may call for transitional measures and technologies, so long as these are accompanied by the gradual framing and acceptance of binding commitments. At the same time, on the national and local levels, much still needs to be done, such as promoting ways of conserving energy.

Four suggestions Energy efficiency:

These would include favoring forms of industrial production with maximum energy efficiency and diminished use of raw materials, removing from the market products which are less energy efficient or more polluting, improving transport systems, and encouraging the construction and repair of buildings aimed at reducing their energy consumption and levels of pollution.

Local politics:

Political activity on the local level could also be directed to modifying consumption, developing an economy of waste disposal and recycling, protecting certain species and planning a diversified agriculture and the rotation of crops.

Reform for farming:

Agriculture in poorer regions can be improved through investment in rural infrastructures, a better organization of local or national markets, systems of irrigation, and the development of techniques of sustainable agriculture.

Community organizing:

New forms of cooperation and community organization can be encouraged in order to defend the interests of small producers and preserve local ecosystems from destruction. Truly, much can be done!

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