Pope’s moral mission on global warming to shift US climate wars
New Scientist - 06/16/2015
Pope Francis is to make history this week with a call for international cooperation to avert dangerous global warming – the Vatican’s most powerful statement yet on the environment and climate change.
A leaked draft of the encyclical – a special type of edict used to define key priorities for the Catholic church and its 1.3 billion adherents – emphasises moral responsibilities to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and calls for changes in lifestyle and energy use to avoid the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem”. It highlights human release of greenhouse gases and warns that failure to act would have “grave consequences”. It also calls for a new global political authority to reduce pollution and help poor countries and regions develop.