Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, says that climate change is real and mainly “a result of human activity.”
The problem is urgent. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years." We must all change our day-to-day actions to live more sustainably. “Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility.” On a larger scale, our leaders must be held to account. “Those who will have to suffer the consequences . . . will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility.”
Solving climate change means protecting the planet and vulnerable people, and we must hear “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” Faith can guide us. “The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains – everything is, as it were, a caress of God.”
The problems are big and urgent. But hope remains if we act in honesty and love. “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home . . . Truly, much can be done!”
- For quotations from the encyclical arranged by topic, click here.
- For the complete encyclical, click here.
More about Pope Francis
Pope Francis’s environment encyclical draws from the deep well of Catholic teaching on care for creation. For more teaching from Pope Francis and more information on Catholic climate action, see here.