The entire material
of God’s love,
everything is, as it
were, a caress of God.
3. The environmental
crisis has human roots.
In particular, Francis says our craving for consumer goods, for our own
convenience and our own (albeit
temporary) comfort, has negative
environmental impacts. Technology should not be blindly embraced
but rather seen as valuable when it
enhances human life and the common good.
But a sober look at our world
crisis is not overstated, he emphasiz-
es, and people must face it head on:
As often occurs in periods of
deep crisis which require bold
decisions, we are tempted to
think that what is happening
is not entirely clear. Superfi-
cially, apart from a few obvi-
ous signs of pollution and de-
terioration, things do not look
that serious, and the planet
could continue as it is for
some time. Such evasiveness
serves as a license to carrying
on with our present lifestyles
and models of production and
consumption. This is the way
human beings contrive to feed
their self-destructive vices: try-
ing not to see them, trying not
to acknowledge them, delaying
the important decisions and
pretending that nothing will
happen (Laudato, sec. 59).
In the first chapter, “What is happening to our common home,” the pope
looks at pollution, global warming,
loss of biodiversity, and water purity
and access. He connects those issues
to global inequality and declines in
the quality of human life for many,
with the poor being the hardest hit.
The human environment and
the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot
adequately combat environmental degradation unless we
attend to causes related to human and social degradation.
In fact, the deterioration of
the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable
people on the planet: “Both
everyday experience and scientific research show that the
gravest effects of all attacks on
the environment are suffered
by the poorest” (sec. 48).
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