Kudos to Pope Francis for his upcoming encyclical regarding climate change. Contrary to some commentators, this is a quintessentially conservative approach. What is more conservative than preserving the only planet that we have been given?
The idea that humans are the main cause of climate change is hardly a wild-eyed, far-left idea. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, comprised of over a thousand scientists from 130 countries, declared last year that the evidence for a warming planet is “unequivocal,” and it is “extremely likely” that humans are the main cause.
The pope’s concern for the poor is reflected in his concern about climate change, since its effects will be most harsh on those least able to cope with it. According to The World Bank, the areas most vulnerable to climate change, such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Sub-Saharan Africa, also have the largest number of poor who are dependent on agriculture.
May the pope continue to be a voice for the voiceless, including our own planet Earth.