The Moral Case for Mitigating Climate Change

The pope’s message sets scientific fact in a moral framework and calls for “decisive action, here and now.”

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idea_bulb“Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’s highly anticipated second encyclical, highlights one of the most pressing and politically challenging issues for the entire global family: climate change.

From native spiritual rituals to the Protestant push to create a National Park System to the multifaith marchers at last year’s People’s Climate March, “Laudato Si” is only the latest rallying point in a long history of faith-driven action for environmental protection in the United States. Faith leaders’ calls to action can unite a tradition’s adherents, and a sense of moral urgency helps create political will and catalyze action on important issues. Faith-based groups, spurred by concern for those who are most vulnerable, have energetically responded to the call to work together for more equitable stewardship and sharing of natural resources.

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