Pope Francis’s letter on the environment could lead to major change
Is the tide turning on public perception around climate change? Happyzine reader Claire Webster got in touch with Happyzine to say: “I’m not Catholic and this letter from the Pope rocks!”
She was referring to his recent 180 page encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si, where Pope Francis refers to the earth as “our common home.” Claire said she particularly appreciated the following quotes from Francis because they addressed the need for both environmental and social change:
“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”.
“The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation”.
“We must now seize this narrow window of opportunity and embark on ambitious actions and policies to help protect people and the environment,”
“Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning. We are able to take an honest look at ourselves, to acknowledge our deep dissatisfaction, and to embark on new paths to authentic freedom. No system can completely suppress our openness to what is good, true and beautiful, or our God-given ability to respond to his grace at work deep in our hearts. I appeal to everyone throughout the world not to forget this dignity which is ours. No one has the right to take it from us”.
Many will be feeling renewed hope about the future of our environment thanks to Francis’s letter to “every person living on this planet” which will be read by millions of people.