Paul Melia: Pope puts the onus on all of us to act now
What’s striking about the papal encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ is that it is about more than just climate change. It’s a clarion call to the global population to carefully examine how we consume finite resources, before carelessly discarding them without regard to the effect on the environment and the health of the world’s poor.
Pope Francis paints a compelling picture of environmental destruction, while carefully avoiding delving into the science which tells us that climate change is real and must be addressed.
Instead of quoting numerous reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he instead says a “number of scientific studies” indicate that global warming is due to the immense concentration of greenhouse gas emissions which have been released “mainly as a result of human activity”.