Pope Francis of Argentina claims environmental destruction is a sin and one of the world’s greatest modern day challenges. He has witnessed his home country of Argentina fall to the deforestation of the rainforest. He has been calling for environmental protection ever since he came into office last year. Named after the patron saint of animals and the environment, Pope Francis wants to cut back on the exploitation of the Earth.
Pope Francis is quoted as stating, “Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” His homeland of Argentina has lost 16 million hectares from 1980 to 2000. (One hectare is about 2.47 acres) He calls for environmental justice not only for Argentina, but for the world.
According to the science report created by the UN, nearly 10% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by humans during the deforestation process. These gas emissions contribute to global warming and create a change in our climate. Severe climate changes can melt the polar ice caps and cause animals such as polar bears to become extinct. Every greenhouse gas has a different effect on the planet but we know that over the years, we have contributed to making the Earth warmer by creating greenhouse gas emissions.
In September, representatives of all major religions will meet to discuss the ever-growing issue of our climate and our environment. The World Council of Churches will also meet to push political leaders in the UN to fight for environmental justice. The WCC will act as the “moral voice” in the call for human rights and climate change. Thanks to the help of Pope Francis, this issue is now garnering the attention of people from all walks of life and people of all different religious backgrounds.
Since no one has listened to the pleas of scientists and environmentalists over the past decade, it is now time to hear from our religious leaders. If we cannot stop the rate of deforestation in the rainforest, we will eventually unravel the forest’s natural ecology. Scientists fear that another 20% of the Amazon rainforest will be lost in the next 20 years if we do not make a stand to stop it as soon as possible. The rainforest will not be able to sustain itself if we continue chopping down trees and causing animals to move out of their natural environments.
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