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Pope Francis is bringing climate change issues to the forefront of his agenda, and he already has the world talking. The Pope plans to release a policy report, known as a papal encyclical, completely dedicated to environmental issues sometime this summer, Public Radio International's Matthew Bell reports. An encyclical is "the highest teaching issued by a pope," Bell writes. For the Pope to issue one on climate change is huge, and the report will perhaps stand as the most forceful expression so far of religion-backed belief in the reality of climate change.
Pope Francis has made it his mission to meet with experts and scientists to gather facts and learn more about what can be done to protect our environment. He has traveled around the world, visiting disaster-stricken towns and speaking publicly about the effects climate change can have. His completed encyclical is expected sometime in June or July.
But his plan is already working: not only because he has the media talking, but because he has everyone talking. Politicians, lawmakers, professors -- the chatter he's already created around the issue even before the release of his text speaks to the document's potential. Through the Pope's efforts, climate change may go from a hotly-debated topic to an issue taught in churches and classrooms, big and small, across the globe.
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