Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species
Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences, our technologies and our bloated lifestyles, we far too often prefer to ignore all the evidence of the toll such indulgences take on the world.
I doubt that yesterday’s message from the Pope will have much effect on us, given our endless capacity for kicking the ball down the road. The CBC reports the following:
In the message, Francis said the faithful should use the holy year to ask forgiveness for the “sins” against the environment that have been committed by the “irresponsible, selfish” and profit-motivated economic and political system.
He called for all of humanity to take concrete steps to change course, starting with repaying what he called the “ecological debt” that wealthy countries owe the poor.
“Repaying [the debt] would require treating the environments of poorer nations with care and providing the financial resources and technical assistance needed to help them deal with climate change and promote sustainable development,” he wrote.
But on a personal, more local level, we all have a role to play, he said:
For example: “avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices”.
Each of the above is easy to accomplish, but my hunch is that most can’t be bothered, consumed as they are by the busyness of their lives.
Is our collective indifference because we can’t personalize the existential threats we face (until, of course, we are flooded or burned out, of course)? I pose the question as I acknowledge the deeply paradoxical and conflicting facts of our nature. When, for example, we are called upon to act to help individuals, our courage can reach heroic, almost mythical proportions, as witnessed in the following:
How can we simultaneously be so selfish and so selfless? And more importantly, how can we harness what we are truly capable of for the common good? I wish I had some answers.
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species
Canada Acknowledges Abuse to First Nations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially recognized Canada’s historical abuses toward aboriginals, and he is now calling on the pope to apologize too. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau Dedicated To Justice For First Nations Peoples – Acknowledges Abuse
Whether it is due to what has been called The Francis Effect or the increasingly severe weather that so many parts of the world are experiencing, a recent study finds that more and more Americans are beginning to appreciate the threat posed by climate change. Additionally and rather surprisingly, even those who are disengaged from . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Surprising Findings
Can we perhaps sit down and take a deep breath before we set our hair on fire over Pope Francis having a 15-minute chat with Kim Davis, the fifty-year-old county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky,
Pope Francis has made it very clear that he is profoundly concerned about what we are doing to life on our planet. He has particularly made it clear to Canadians. Earlier this month he gave an audience to our prime minister. It lasted all of 10 minutes and ended with an awkward photo op. The . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Pope, the Prime Minister and Naomi Klein
Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki.
The post Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Last week, Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si. The document speaks out strongly against environmental degradation in all forms and even calls for climate justice between the global North and South. My first guest is Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, staff writer at The New Republic who writes frequently on . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Laudato Si and carbon trading
Last week, Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si. The document speaks out strongly against environmental degradation in all forms and even calls for climate justice between the global North and South. My first guest is Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, staff writer at The New Republic who writes frequently on the . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Laudato Si and carbon trading
Some fun on a Friday afternoon, from the folks over at DeSmogBlog: * DeSmogBlog.com
We know the Holy Father has a background in science and a chemistry degree but just what does he know about climate change? Lots – lots and lots. The IPCC may have been around about two decades but the Vatican has had its own outfit, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, for 400-years.
The Academy boasts . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Does the Pope Know About Climate Change? Plenty.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada responds to the Encyclical released yesterday by Pope Francis, addressed not only to the world’s Catholics but to everyone on the planet. * Pope’s call to act on climate change must be heeded by Canadian Parliamentarians Inspired by Pope Francis’ challenge to care for creation and protect the poor, Conservatives, New . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Pope calls for action on climate change. Will the Canadian government respond?
His enemies tried to undermine Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change by leaking it before it was officially released today.But it's still an incredibly powerful document. Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Moral Revolution to Save the Planet
It’s no surprise that Pope Francis only gave PM Stephen Harper 10 minutes for his interview earlier this month. And no surprise he looked constipated in his photo op with the Prime Minister. Ten minutes with Harper would freeze the bowels of anyone concerned about global warming, and, unlike the recalcitrant Harper, the Pope is . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Pope Francis and the moral imperative of dealing with global warming
He extended a hand of friendship towards all religions including Islam. He urged Israel to live in peace with Palestinians and accept two-state solution.
Now he is speaking up on Global Warming.
As you may know Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change has been leaked to the media before its scheduled release on Thursday. Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Wolves in the Vatican
American politicians are particularly prone to invoking their Christian faith as a guide to their political beliefs. Although members of both major parties freely trot out scripture at the drop of a writ, conservative Republicans are especially inclined to pepper their appeals with references to their faith, God and Jesus.
But now they have encountered . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Will Republicans keep invoking God if the Pope keeps pissing on their philosophy?
Some fun the week before Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment. * Why the climate is such a hot topic for Pope Francis Angry US Republicans tell Pope Francis to ‘stick with his job and we’ll stick with ours
Well now we know why Pope Francis ruined Stephen Harper's little photo-op at the Vatican the other day.By giving Harper only ten minutes of his time, compared to the fifty minutes he gave Vladimir Putin.And looking like he couldn't wait to get rid of him.But the reason Harper looked so green after the meeting . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Real Reason Pope Francis Humiliated Stephen Harper
When moral imperatives and climate change denial meet head on, you know who feels they occupy the higher ground when The Heartland Institute is involved. The following video captures their reaction to the upcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on climate change. My favorite comment is made by the gentleman who just can’t find it in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: From The Heartland
Well it seems that it was as I predicted yesterday. Pope Francis was indeed not too happy to see Stephen Harper.And couldn't have made his feelings more obvious. Harper’s 10-minute meeting with the Pope Francis was unusually short by Vatican standards. Russian President Vladimir Putin had a nearly 50-minute private audience with the pontiff . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Pope Francis Humiliated Stephen Harper
It had to be one of the scariest confrontations in the Baltic Sea since the darkest days of the Cold War.Or one of the most ridiculous.For there was Stephen Harper, on day five of his mega tour of Europe, in feverish pursuit of the ethnic vote…
You know, the mega photo-op that's costing . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Stared Down the Russians
At least. that’s what I infer from the blather of Catholic League President Bill Donohue:
No doubt, obeisance to the corporate agenda is what Donahue and his ilk expect from any self-respecting pontiff. Recommend this Post
In the latest edition of The New York Review of Books, Gary Wills writes that Pope Francis is making the billionaires — particularly Catholic billionaires — quake. On the eve of his encyclical on climate change, they are mounting what they hope will be a pre-emptive strike:
Now, as the pope prepares . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Not So Comfortable Pews
In the previous post the matter of the Pope’s commitment to standing up for the environment and shining a light on the realities of climate change were raised.
Cowichan Conversations reader Sharon Lawrence responded