Polar Bears International

6/19/2015 2:01:10 PM

Good News Friday {Papal Encyclical}

Yesterday, on June 18, Pope Francis delivered his papal encyclical on the environment and climate. This is an important moment for the climate movement as it heightened media attention on climate change and climate policies, but through a distinctly Catholic prism.

The Pope's actions place one of the most recognizable faith leaders on the planet squarely into the conversation about global leadership on climate change and this is good news.

The Pope's 180-page encyclical on the environment is a moral call for action on phasing out the use of fossil fuels. The encyclical stated that poor people face the worst consequences of climate change and it is up to the rich nations causing the problem to fix it.

The Papal statement says, "We must continue to be aware that, regarding climate change, there are differentiated responsibilities."

The Guardian reported, "But it is also a document infused with an activist anger and concern for the poor, casting blame on the indifference of the powerful in the face of certain evidence that humanity is at risk following 200 years of misuse of resources."

"Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods," the papal statement says. "It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

Carbon Brief read though the Papal Encyclical and highlighted the document's key statements on climate, energy and the environment, including population growth versus consumerism, the tangibility of solar power, the need for international agreements, and the "precautionary principle."

Read more: 

The Guardian, Pope's climate change encyclical tells rich nations: pay your debt to the poor 

Carbon Brief, Papal Encyclical: key statements on climate, energy and the environment

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