Activist and author praises ‘courageous’ invitation by Pope in face of fossil fuel industry’s power
Naomi Klein—activist, author, and self-described “secular Jewish feminist”—spoke at the Vatican on Wednesday where she championed the Pope’s message for global action on climate change and made the case for “the beautiful world” beyond fossil fuel addiction.
Klein, who was invited to speak by the Vatican, gave her speech ahead of a two-day conference to discuss the Pope’s recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, on the environment and the threat of the global economic system—subjects that the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate knows well.
The encyclical has garnered praise from environmental campaigners like Greenpeace International’s Kumi Naidoo, who called it a “clarion call for bold, urgent action.”
“Pope Francis writes early on that Laudato Si’ is not only a teaching for the Catholic world but for ‘every person living on this planet.’ And I can say that as a secular Jewish feminist who was rather surprised to be invited to the Vatican, it certainly spoke to me,” Klein told reporters ahead of the conference, which is called People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course.
She praised what she described as “the core message of interconnection at the heart of the encyclical.”
Sunday, May 10, 2015
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by Desmond Brown, IPS News
Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.
“For the Bahamas, which has 80 percent of its land mass within one metre of mean sea level, climate change is an existential threat.” — Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie More…
The plea “Give us this day our daily bread” needs to be heard by world leaders meeting in Rome on the global food crisis, say church representatives across the globe.
“The Lord’s Prayer highlights that having enough to eat is, and has always been, central to the Christian idea of a world shaped by justice and mercy,” observed Sushant Agrawal, Director of the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) in India. “If God’s will was done, no one would go hungry.”
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Hundreds of nuns, monks and clergy descended on Westminster yesterday, today to demand that MPs strengthen the Climate Change Bill and ‘kick the carbon habit’ for the sake of the poorest in the world.
Those in developing countries are the first to experience the devastating impacts of climate change – despite contributing to it the least. In its current form, the Climate Change Bill ignores the latest scientific evidence and key recommendations from all three parliamentary committees that reviewed the draft bill and recently the United Nations Development Programme also warned that the Bill needed improving as its targets were not ambitious enough. Continue reading Hundreds of nuns and monks march on Parliament to call on UK to kick carbon habit→
Food protests and riots from Italy to Yemen have begun capturing worldwide attention, and policymakers are scrambling to point fingers at a litany of culprits—everything from climate change, high oil prices, a weak dollar and the biofuels boom, to meat eaters in China. All of these factors have played a part in the current crisis, but the blame game is also allowing one culprit—the principle protagonist in this story—to get away with not even a mention. It’s a character you might have heard of recently for its role in that little unfortunate sub-prime mortgage mess. That’s right, deregulation. More