Pope Francis is to speak out about the challenge of climate change, ahead of a trip to the United Nations and a speaking engagement to both houses of Congress in the States, it has emerged. We're presuming that he has already started growing dreads to fit in with other eco-warriors.
Italian publication Repubblica got hold of a leaked draft of the "encyclical", a letter sent to all Catholic churches, that was due to be published later this week. According to The Guardian's translation, the Pope will say:
“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” and that “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”
Interestingly, he will also apparently call for a new supranational body to deal with pollution and development in poor countries, though it isn't clear what form this would take.
And for a man who is presumably without sin, he will also be casting the first stone and aiming it squarely at climate change deniers, saying: "the attitudes that stand in the way of a solution, even among believers, range from negation of the problem, to indifference, to convenient resignation or blind faith in technical solutions."
Yep, you heard the leader of the Catholic Church: blind faith is apparently bad now. But it is a noble sentiment none the less. It is particularly fun to imagine how this letter will go down with climate-change-denying American conservatives who love to wrap themselves in the language of faith when criticising abortion and gay rights.
We're not sure if it is the Pope's intention to summon Captain Planet to save us, but if anyone knows about contacting supernatural beings, he is surely best placed to do it? [Repubblica via The Guardian]