The UN debates on climate change have challenged popular leaders all over the world to react publicly and put pressure on an international agreement that must be signed. This is set to properly highlight the need to make serious changes for our environment.
Pope Francis took a chance to react publicly and create worldwide awareness on the urgent measures that must be decided eventually. The climate change debate has reached Vatican and now people all over the world are waiting for a public letter from Pope Francis.
Scientists have become increasingly active in this matter that can no longer wait for endless debates. Consequently they see this year as crucial to the planet’s future. A religious document that will weigh even more on the worldwide issue will be delivered from Pope Francis on Thursday.
Pope Francis touches a very delicate subject with the public letter, namely the very aim of creation and the need to protect it, respect it and progressively act upon it but not destroy anything that nature gives us. The Vatican representative will call on all people to be “stewards of creation”.
Taking this position over all the environmental effects we are now facing, his intervention could spur the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to lobby policymakers on climate issues.
The name of the document he is preparing for all the Catholics and religious people in the world is called “Lautado Si ( Be Praised ), on the Care of Our Common Home” and will most probably be an important part in the following debate at the most influential summit on climate change, later this year.
Pope Francis touches other highly important issues, like the impact of environmental changes on the poor and will also discuss inequalities of wealth, another highly prioritized issue on the Pope’s moral list. Furthermore, rich nations will be asked to reconsider their throw-away lifestyles and concentrate on the substantial benefits of living.
It seems that with this open declaration, the Pope offers an open critique on consumerism and the effects of capitalism that seem to dehumanize people and shift their priorities from moral values to ephemeral attitudes and principles.
The Pope hopes to instill “renewed attention to situations of environmental degradation and recovery” and motivate “greater responsibility for the common home that God has entrusted us”.
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