I couldn’t be happier when I heard about Pope Francis and his Encyclical document in 2015. A number of the things he wrote resonated strongly with me. Since it has been a while, I want to bring up this topic again to give it renewed attention.
You can find the ‘Laudato Si’ Inglese’ here! Even if you’re not religious or not Christian, it’s still worth a read, or even a browse! Pope Francis speaks about the issues at hand, and it was very well translated.
I’ll share a few of the topics and quotes from what he wrote which affected me. You can see for yourself how well thought out his writings are!
I was enthralled to see an entire section on “The Issue of Water”. This is the focus of my Amazon Bestseller eBook “Treat Climate Change, Save the Earth: How to Prevent Flooding and Drought to Slow Global Warming”
In my own book, I have described a system in detail that we could build and share with the world. The system could solve a large number of our water problems if we invested in the efforts. But I’ll go into that later.
Pope Francis’ topics and a quote from his section about Water
-The depletion of natural resources
-The inconsistent supply of water versus the increasing need for it
-The low quality of water available to the poor
-The privatization of water
-The future consequences of the scarcity of water
‘Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Sources of fresh water are necessary for health care, agriculture and industry. Water supplies used to be relatively constant, but now in many places demand exceeds the sustainable supply, with dramatic consequences in the short and long term. Large cities dependent on significant supplies of water have experienced periods of shortage, and at critical moments these have not always been administered with sufficient oversight and impartiality. Water poverty especially affects Africa where large sectors of the population have no access to safe drinking water or experience droughts which impede agricultural production. Some countries have areas rich in water while others endure drastic scarcity.’
A quote from Pope Francis about using the Earth with no thought for its other lifeforms:
‘The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves. For human beings to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life–these are sins. For to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God.’
A quote in an attempt to call to those who don’t “believe” that Climate Change exists, or don’t believe that it’s affected by humans:
‘Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it. It is true that there are other factors (such as volcanic activity, variations in the earth’s orbit and axis, the solar cycle), yet a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity.’
And finally, Pope Francis’ concern that the economy and technology may interfere with solving the problem of climate change
‘There are too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected. The alliance between the economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests. Consequently the most one can expect is superficial rhetoric, sporadic acts of philanthropy and perfunctory expressions of concern for the environment, whereas any genuine attempt by groups within society to introduce change is viewed as a nuisance based on romantic illusions or an obstacle to be circumvented.’
My greatest wish is that my own ideas may be able to introduce change, rather than (as Pope Francis said) be only a ‘sporadic act of philanthropy’. So many of us believe that with technological advances, we’ll be able to bring climate change under our control, or at least slow it down.
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