Pope Francis a Powerful Voice For Climate Change Action

Pope Francis a Powerful Voice For Climate Change Action
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Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, has taken a very strong stance recently on the need to address climate change, to protect the environment and respect “God’s creation.” 

In an address at the University of Molise in Italy, Pope Francis talked about deforestation practices that have destroyed much of the world’s rainforests in places like the Amazon Basin.

Francis told the crowd that:

“When I look at America, also my own homeland (South America), so many forests, all cut, that have become land … that can longer give life. This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to give us what she has within her.”

When it comes to climate change, these rainforests are very important and act as large “carbon sinks” breathing in the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and storing them for a very long time. When these rainforests are cut down and burned to make way for things like massive industrial cattle farms, that stored carbon is released into the atmosphere and the ability for that rainforest to absorb more greenhouse gas literally goes up in smoke. 

Earlier this year Pope Francis made the biblical case for the need to address climate change, warning Catholic followers that they must, “Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!”

Francis elaborated on this point passionately, saying that:

Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” 

And,

… when we exploit Creation we destroy the sign of God’s love for us, in destroying Creation we are saying to God: ‘I don’t like it! This is not good!’ ‘So what do you like?’ ‘I like myself!’ – Here, this is sin! Do you see?”

With an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, this is a powerful messenger and a very welcome voice in the effort to see a global solution to address the threat of global warming. 

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Pope Francis a Powerful Voice For Climate Change Action

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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