In dialogue with all people about our common home, the encyclical challenges us to ask "how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded".
Pope Francis also drew attention to pressing environmental concerns such as pollution and climate change and the use of fossil fuels. “Climate change is a global problem with serious implications, environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods; it represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day”.
The Pope refers to a broad range of topics including pollution and its effect on the poor, urban chaos, refugees and human trafficking. Pope Francis points to the "intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, and the conviction that everything in the world is connected".
He highlights the fact that local individuals and groups can make a real difference. They are able to instil "a strong sense of community", "a readiness to protect others" and "a deep love for the land". He calls us to listen to the voices of our Indigenous peoples because for them, land is not a commodity but a sacred space and a gift from God.
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