Thursday, June 18, 2015

"A Pile of Filth" - Sounds About Right

Pope Francis has released a 180-page encyclical calling on the rich and powerful to start taking responsibility for the mess they've made of our planet.  Francis writes that we have transformed our biosphere into a "pile of filth."

The pope’s 180-page encyclical on the environment, released on Thursday, is at its core a moral call for action on phasing out the use of fossil fuels.

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.

Up to now, he says, the world has accepted a “cheerful recklessness” in its approach to the issue, lacking the will to change habits for the good of the Earth.

“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.”

The pope refused, however, to consider overpopulation's role in our environmental degradation.  When it comes to the Roman Catholic church it still is and presumably always will be the more the merrier.

1 comment:

Owen Gray said...

Perhaps we now understand why Francis gave Stephen Harper ten minutes of papal time.