Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

15 Sep 2016 News No comments

Pregnant woman loses baby after violent attack

The woman was subject to a racial attack in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire An unborn baby has died after a pregnant woman was attacked by a man in a supermarket ca…

Read more

20 Nov 2015 News Vatican No comments

Vatican Mount Christmas Tree already: Watch Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk16J0215uM Though it's still November but the Vatican have her Christmas Tree already, blowing the holidays spirit around to…

Read more

18 Aug 2016 News No comments

Bishop heading to Vatican will miss ‘beautiful people and culture’ of Dallas

  Bishop Kevin Farrell, head of the new office for marriage and family life, say the subjects are key for the future of society The importance of the voc…

Read more

20 May 2015 Vatican No comments

Monday Meeting of Curia Leaders was devoted to Jubilee Year plans

When Pope Francis met on May 18th, 2015 with top officials of the Roman Curia, the meeting was devoted to plans for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Vatican Insider r…

Read more

22 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according…

Read more

24 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (14)

Can a bishop prohibit receiving Communion on the tongue?

 Full Question Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue…

Read more

31 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Pope urges Catholics and Orthodox Christians to join in prayer for Syrian children

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country Pope Francis …

Read more

16 Jun 2016 Articles No comments

Forcing Families to Attend Mass

When inquirers call into Catholic Answers, they sometimes share concerns about practices going on in their parish. Those concerns often center around the Mass a…

Read more

12 Sep 2016 News No comments

Macedonians gather at St Teresa’s birthplace to celebrate canonisation

The event came at the end of a week of festivities organised by Macedonia's parliament Hundreds of people have gathered in the main square of Macedonia’s capit…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Rich countries have an ‘ecological debt’ to poorer countries, says Pope

Pope makes environmental speech just days before American visit

Wealthier nations have an “ecological debt” they must pay back to poorer countries, Pope Francis has said.

By ending food waste, cutting back on nonrenewable energy consumption and investing in sustainable development, the Holy Father said, they could help the poorer nations.

“The environment is a collective good” that everyone has the duty to protect — a duty that “demands an effective collaboration within the entire international community,” he told a group of environment ministers from countries belonging to the European Union yesterday.

The speech came three months after the pope’s environment encyclical, Laudato si’, and a week before the start of his American visit. New research by the PEW research centre suggests that some 47 per cent of American Catholics believe climate change is caused by human activity, but there is a divide between 62 per cent of Catholic Democrats believing, and just 24 per cent of Catholic Republicans.

Greater justice, the Pope said, means addressing “ecological debt,” that is, the debt richer countries owe poorer countries because of the huge trade imbalances and “disproportionate use” of natural resources wealthier countries have created. “We must honor this debt,” he told the ministers, first by “setting a good example.”

Nations must limit considerably their consumption of nonrenewable energy and provide needier countries with resources that promote sustainable development, he said. They must adopt better ways to manage forests, transport and garbage while “seriously addressing the severe problem of food waste.”

The pope encouraged countries to adopt a “circular economy,” which considers the life cycle of finite resources and develops more self-sustaining methods of production and services.

Fighting ecological degradation must be linked to solidarity and fighting poverty, he said, because the poor are more vulnerable in a ravaged environment. This, too, would entail helping poorer communities access the technology and development they need, he said.

Lastly, there needs to be greater participation in the decision-making process so that people who are often marginalized can have a voice, he said.

“On the one hand, science and technology have put unprecedented power in our hands; on the other the correct use of that power presupposes the adoption of a vision” that is more holistic and engages more people in dialogue, he said.

The world is facing a huge “cultural, spiritual and educational challenge,” the pope said. However solidarity, justice and participation are needed in order to “respect our dignity and respect creation.”

by Carol Glatz

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/09/17/rich-countries-have-an-ecological-debt-to-poorer-countries/









wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories