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