Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter on Climate Change

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Pope Francis today issued the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’: On the Care For Our Common Home:

(English at:https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2105201-laudato-si-inglese.html)

In the 184 page document addressed to all the people in the world, the Pope points out that care of the earth is a moral and spiritual concern for everyone rather than just a matter of science, politics and/or economics.  He further emphasizes the disproportionate impact of climate damage on the poor and criticizes the economic and political systems which favor short-term rewards for the wealthy.  He calls for urgent action  in dealing with the interconnected problems which have caused the environmental crisis which affects the whole world. 

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (see http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en) is scheduled to meet in Paris, France in December. It will be interesting to see if the Pope's encyclical, with its condemnation of selfishness and greed underlying the climate crisis, has any identifiable effect on its outcome.

Sarah Cox
Foreign, International, and Comparative Law Librarian,UConn Law

Sarah Cox is the foreign, international and comparative law subject specialist in the Law Library.  She is the primary library liaison for the LL.Ms in the U.S. Legal Studies program, for the members of Connecticut Journal of International Law and the other J.D.s who take foreign and international law courses, as well as carrying out regular reference department duties.  Sarah received her J.D. from UCONN Law, her Masters in Library and Information Studies and a Certificate in Bibliography from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in European History.