“CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME” – Presentation by Maj.Gen. (retd) Joseph Singh, MSS

PANEL DISCUSSION ON “CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Presentation by Major General (retd) Joseph Singh, MSS

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

at the Marian Academy, during the visit of Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Brazil

The Timing and Significance of the Pope’s Encyclical: Laudato Si! (Praise be to you!)

It is entirely appropriate that His Holiness the Pope would have issued his Encyclical: Laudato Si!on May 24,2015 just six months prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties No 21, held in Paris from November 30th to December 12th, 2015.The Conference was convened to agree on the action to be taken by the global community of Nations on Caring for the Planet we call Home, with emphasis on the mitigation of and adaption to the impacts of Climate Change.

It is generally agreed that we have been negligent in our stewardship of the resources with which the planet has been endowed – its natural capital. My interpretation of His Holiness the Pope’s encyclical is that it courageously goes beyond an assessment of the state of the environment (which tends to be the main focus of scientists and world leaders at the Climate Change Conferences) and addresses an Inconvenient Truth – that the state of the environment is a physical manifestation of systemic flaws in our human relationships and in our values and ethics. By transforming ourselves, we can reshape our relationship with our environment into one of global citizens truly caring for our common home.

Read more: MG’s presentation on – Caring for Our Common Home, April 21st 2016

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