Friday, April 17, 2015

Pope Francis to Host Major Summit on Climate Change

Pope Francis has become an outspoken advocate on environmental issues. giulio napolitano /

How lovely.  However, since the issue has been declared settled, I am not quite sure just why they think the Pope should also step up to do much of the same except to perhaps take practical advantage of his well established infallibility.

Way more important though is that the real theme appears to be about environmental husbandry.  Climate is slowly sliding to the back of the bus and real problems may now get addressed.  At least we have a position coming and i have no doubt that it will be influential. 

Remember gentle readers that the Oil Age is about to simply end.  That will eliminate the majority of the damage and the developing failure of chemical agriculture will soon become obvious and its disappearance will also commence.   It will all be gone in a century and well on the way in the next generation.  The replacement technology will all be sustainable.


Pope Francis to Host Major Summit on Climate Change

| April 16, 2015 9:42 am | Comments

The Vatican announced Tuesday that it will host a major conference on climate change on April 28, featuring some of the world’s leading climate scientists and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The conference, Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, will also feature Jeffrey Sachs, a prominent American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Pope Francis, an outspoken advocate on environmental issues, will host a summit on climate change on April 28. giulio napolitano /
The summit hopes to “help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond,”  and to highlight “the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people—especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations,” says the Vatican.

The one-day summit will also include participants from major world religions and aims to “elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical,” the Vatican says. The Pope’s much-anticipated encyclical on the environment is scheduled for release this summer. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a top Vatican official who is leading the drafting process of Francis’ encyclical on the environment, will also speak at the conference.

This event is just the latest in what many are calling Pope Francis’s “green agenda.” He has become an outspoken advocate on environmental issues, saying acting on climate change is “essential to faith”  and calling the destruction of nature a modern sin. He has vowed to only increase pressure on world leaders after his disappointment with the Lima climate talks. He is hoping that his encyclical will influence the climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.

He has also made plans to address Congress during his visit to America in September. It will be interesting to see what Pope Francis, who is wildly popular among both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans, has to say to one of the most powerful governing bodies on Earth about the issue of climate change.

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