“I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our ‘common home.’ we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about ‘a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change’ (Laudato Si’, 13).” Pope Francis speaking to President Obama 9/23/15
The earth’s atmosphere encompasses all people, creatures and habitats. The melting of ice sheets and glaciers, the destruction of rainforests, and the pollution of water in one place can have environmental impacts elsewhere. As Pope St. John Paul II has said, “We cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention both to the consequences of such interference in other areas and to the well-being of future generations.” Responses to global climate change should reflect our interdependence and common responsibility for the future of our planet. (USCCB, 6/15/01)
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