Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to bishops, called an encyclical, urging people to change their lifestyles and habits for the sake of Earth and all its species.
Yes. The Pope is on the Earth’s side. Not sure you can ask for a more well-connected ally.
His letter discusses urgent matters such as global warming, pollution, the dangers of pesticides, the “throwaway culture,” depletion of natural resources, privatization of water, and much, much more.
Privatization of water? Yes. Heard of Nestlé? The big corporation is closing in on a lucrative water privatization deal in Oregon. Prior to this, Nestlé tried it in California, Pakistan, and British Columbia.
This deal would hand Nestlé millions of gallons of clean drinking water, despite a huge drought. Even worse, Nestlé will only pay one cent per 40 gallons of water. Then, it will sell the same water back to the public for $2.63 per gallon.
This is the kind of thing the Pope warns us against. Taking advantage of our earth to make profit.
Here is a small sampling of some things he writes:
“Nothing in this world is indifferent to us.” Meaning, everything we do, all we touch, matters. So touch and do with care, respect, and love.
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.” This is so ironic to me. When we look at how people have progressed in the past two hundred years based on quality of life, education, and technology, we clearly developed skills to take better care of our common home. Yet, these are the generations who have done the most damage.
“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” So, let’s freakin’ take care of it, people!
“A sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. We seem to think that we can substitute an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have created ourselves.”
Pope Francis has my attention. How about yours?
*If you’re interested in taking a stand against Nestlé, please sign this petition.
**And if you’re up for a light read, check out the encyclical.