Pope Francis says the world urgently needs a “bold cultural revolution” to tackle the looming challenge of catastrophic climate change while addressing the needs of the poor.
In a much-anticipated, 184-page encyclical, the reformist Pope endorsed the scientific consensus that humankind is causing a dramatic shift in the world’s climate, which will have the greatest impact on the world’s poor. But he rejected the notion that market mechanisms or technological approaches alone can provide the solution.
And from here:
Francis, saying he was “drawing on the results of the best scientific research available,” called climate change “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” and said poor nations will suffer the most.
In several passages in the six-chapter encyclical, Francis confronted head on both climate change doubters and those who say it is not man-made.
“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” he said. “Humanity is called to recognise 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.”
He said greenhouse gases were “released mainly as a result of human activity.”
Francis called for policies to “drastically” reduce polluting gases, saying technology based on fossil fuels “needs to be progressively replaced without delay” and sources of renewable energy developed.
A ‘cultural revolution’, eh?
And now, a Latin American, Liberation Theologian phrase, too, it would seem…
As for a ‘scientific consensus’, there is far from one on Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, even if it is a view held by the majority of scientists; moreover, scientists of all people ought to know that empirical truth is not decided by a consensus, but by the facts. (And so should Christian leaders, for that matter…)
Meanwhile, in reaction, Jeb Bush shows he’s an idiot:
Catholic Republican presidential candidates said they don’t necessarily agree with the pope on climate change and that he shouldn’t be getting involved in it.
“I don’t think we should politicize our faith,” Jeb Bush, a Catholic convert, said before the encyclical’s release. “I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.”
No, you fool: religion is about salvation and redemption far more than it is about personal improvement (though that is a part of it), and moreover, I’ll bet you’re not bothered in the least by Christians’ social conservatism influencing their political views and/or votes, so don’t tell us that religion has no place in the public square!
Clowns to the left; jokers to the ‘right’; here we are, stuck in the middle with them…