The most important thing "Laudato Si'" has done is turn the scientific, opaque and frightening climate change issue into something three dimensional and human. The simplicity of the language appeals directly to the moral center of a loving, complicated, chaotic yet broken humanity.
The Pope, by the way, is not bringing religion to the debate; he is simply acknowledging that the science is overwhelming and compelling, and given that, there is a moral obligation to act.
In a brilliant blend of distilled science and religious language, the pope has said what many of us have been saying for years: The whole Earth, our shared and increasingly degraded home, now cries out for our respect and reverence.
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With these simple words from his recent encyclical, Pope Francis has opened a new front in the debate over global warming and environmental degradation.
Democrats greeted it as a vindication of the science of climate change and of their party's policy proposals to address it (subscription). Some prominent Republicans -- such as GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush -- argued that a religious leader has no place in crafting policy.
ntil now, the dialogue about the environment has been framed mainly using political, scientific and economic language. Now, the language of faith enters the discussion -- clearly, decisively and systematically.
ROME -- Pope Francis' encyclical letter is a dire warning on the disastrous state of "our common home."
Today, Pope Francis officially released his encyclical, "Laudato Si ("Be Praised"), On the Care of Our Common Home," calling on "every person living on this planet" to urgently address climate change, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and transition to clean energy.
Without expanded access to modern methods of contraception, maternal and infant mortality rates in the developing world will remain unacceptably high, and many women and their families will never escape from poverty.
Despite 21 years of disappointments and near misses, I see reason for great optimism that the world's 193-nations might just agree to meaningful, measurable reductions of carbon pollution.
This week and next, I'm going to explore two rather nerdy economic concepts. Not because I am an economist, but because I believe understanding these two ideas could be key to a better, healthier, fairer society.
I was eager to speak with Dr. Schmidt because of his passion for communicating climate science to public audiences on top of his work as a climatologist. Schmidt is a co-founder and active blogger at Real Climate and was also awarded the inaugural Climate Communications Prize, by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in 2011.
With the publication today of Laudato Si' (Praised Be), already the most widely-read papal encyclical in church history, Pope Francis eviscerated every false choice in today's tired environmental debate, beginning with the notion that the ecological crisis pits people against nature.
The world's water challenges are technical, economic, political, and social issues, but the Vatican Encyclical reminds us that ultimately they are ethical and moral issues as well.
Through the encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis is reminding the world truths which are self-evident -- that the world we share isn't ruled or owned by anyone and that our time on this planet is limited.