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The Pope: We’re trashing humanity’s shared home

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An extract from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, released just days before the Pope will address a global audience, compels humanity 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.

According to Pope, the climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life. A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon.

In the Pope’s own words, echoing Rent the World’s call to action, we are trashing our shared home. We won’t get our bond back. It is time to take care of Earth, so it can continue to house and take care of us. 

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