Here are five key quotes from the encyclical that will shake up the global climate debate. Photo from: Shutterstock
Pope Francis just released an “encyclical,” a fancy word for a sort of intimate letter that is meant to serve as a guide to understanding our personal relationship to some of the most complex issues of the day through religious doctrine. This particular encyclical is on climate change and is addressed not just to the globe’s 1.2 billion Catholics but to everyone of any — or no — faith. In it, Pope Francis boldly challenges us all to take an honest look inside our hearts and question the foundations of a society that has created wealth for some at the expense of others and “our common home” – the planet earth.
Here are five key quotes from the encyclical that will shake up the global climate debate.
#1. Climate change and inequality are inextricably linked.
#2. The global economy must protect the Earth, our common home.
#3. Everyone must divest from fossil fuels and invest in the future.
#4. It’s time for powerful nations to pay their fair share.
#5. There’s no easy way out of this.