(12m) Roman Catholic Church and climate change
Pope Francis I published his much anticipated encyclical about climate change and the state of our planet. I didn't read the document but read some commentary and it seems it is quite a moderate document although it changes the language by acknowledging that actions are really needed, now.
Discussion of document
Still, the burning of coal should be stopped as soon as possible (again point 1) as this is an energy source used by the poor that doesn't help them in their struggle to get out of poverty as some wealthy claim. On the contrary, coal keeps people in poverty as it means people have to work in poor working conditions with bad air while even after work they continue to live in air of toxic quality that even destroys crops so people have less but also unhealthy food but of course politicians should think about alternatives before closing them (e.g. local production of sun panels). Not a single wealthy person who is honest would ever want to live in these places, not even to see each day how their efforts in keeping open a coal mine may lift people out of poverty (as they know it keeps people in poverty but makes some very rich). In the West, we often even panic when in summer air pollution levels rise above a certain threshold while we know that smoking something as little as a cigarette can kill after a few years (although that is a personal choice as long as it doesn't affect others while air pollution affects everyone).
Indeed, renewables are the way forward, certainly for small local communities (point 4) that are far away from the electricity grid. And renewable energy also needs people to produce and maintain the equipment and thus provide work although makes certain people less quickly rich. Still, many in developed countries promote the use of fossil energy as it enrich themselves instead of promoting the use of new energies although one day will cost billions as well as lives.
|Stormy weather ahead although a sun is peeping above the clouds?|
Change is slow in its progress
Already a powerful person is so convinced of his own righteousness that he is loosing support from often like-minded people (read the article and notice how the person who disinvited him speaks in a similar way about other people while a possible reference to menstruation went too far). As the powerful person wants his way and doesn't seem to be interested in the GOP, many Republicans even fear he may cause a split in conservative votes and this in favour of Mrs Clinton, a woman. Indeed, how do ordinary people dare to thrust and listen more to scientists than to those who know everything about economy and how to stimulate it by denying that doing things in another way may be possible as those new methods may reduce their income.
But it is not only because people listen to scientists, it is also that people start to experience scientists (and God in his revelations) are right. On the other hand, the very rich deny the reality because often they don't experience it (yet) or choose to ignore the evidence as otherwise they have to change their own behaviour while claim nothing can be done as it is God's will and find easy targets by blaming others such as scientists or progress in human rights. But even Mrs Clinton's election, if she may become president, will have consequences for women as either she is a bad woman if she continues to oppose more fossil fuel in favour of renewables (how dare she as a woman not to listen to men who know everything about economy just as they condemn a black president and thus his race for daring to oppose them?) or, as a good women, will listen to the powerful and approve for instance pipelines to transport tar sand from Canada via land.