Climate change activists laud papal encyclical

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 Pope Francis’ six-chapter Laudato Si, which is now added to the social teachings of the Catholic church, said the climate crisis is rooted in human activity, and that those most affected, the world’s poorest, contribute the least to the destruction. AFP PHOTO

Pope Francis’ six-chapter Laudato Si, which is now added to the social teachings of the Catholic church, said the climate crisis is rooted in human activity, and that those most affected, the world’s poorest, contribute the least to the destruction. AFP PHOTO

Environmentalist groups lauded Pope Francis’s much-awaited, historic encyclical letter on the ecology, entititled “Laudato Si” (Praised be), officially released by the Vatican last Thursday.

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“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change,” Pope Francis said in his encyclical letter.

The six-chapter Laudato Si, which is now added to the social teachings of the Catholic church, said the climate crisis is rooted in human activity, and that those most affected, the world’s poorest, contribute the least to the destruction.

The letter also said that “those who hold most of the resources and economic or political power” have been slow to take action. The Pope appealed for environmental education and world dialogue “ín the service of life.”

“Pope Francis asserts the principle of common but differentiated responsibility, amidst a systematic drive by capitalist countries to blur the difference between the obligations of rich and poor countries,” said Jose Leon Dulce, campaign coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE).

The encyclical letter was in tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, whose prayer said, “Praised be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth.”

Dulce said the Papal letter also adds to calls for climate justice — “the growing clamor from vulnerable countries to demand reparation from developed nations and their multinational corporations for the loss and damages the vulnerable countries incur amidst the climate crisis.”

Call for shift
“Pope Francis throws the weight of Laudato Si behind calls for a just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, amidst pressure from giant corporations and capitalist countries to arbitrarily transfer their obligations for emissions cuts to poor countries,” Dulce said.

“We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay,” Pope Francis said in the letter’s chapter 5.

“Politics and business have been slow to react in a way commensurate with the urgency of the challenges facing our world,” the encyclical said.

The papal letter called the post-industrial period — which saw the rise in global carbon emission – as “one of the most irresponsible in history.”

“Nonetheless, there is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities,” it added.

Rebuke
Dulce hoped that the papal encyclical will help advance the cry of the world environmental movement “for a world economic and social system that prioritizes the people and the planet over profit.”

Dulce added that Pope Francis’ appeal will help lead to “a climate agreement that will legally bind capitalist countries and their corporations to drastically reduce their emissions.”

The international group Greenpeace called the encyclical letter “the valuable intervention of Pope Francis in humanity’s common struggle to prevent catastrophic climate change.”

Kumi Naidoo, international executive director at Greenpeace, said the encyclical letter made “a crystal-clear call on responsible investors, CEOs and political leaders to step up the pace of the clean energy revolution.”

“As the encyclical states, the environment is a public good, the heritage of all humanity and the responsibility of us all. Greenpeace has always taken that view. That’s why, with the support of millions of people, we aim to stop Shell drilling for oil in the melting Arctic,” Naidoo said in a statement.

Naidoo added the letter “is a welcome rebuke to climate change deniers and the interests that seek to thwart progress.”
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  1. Horacio B. Freires on

    “FINGER-POINTING”
    ( CLIMATE-CHANGE GREENHOUSE GAS CARBON DIOXIDE: ‘I AM NOT GUILTY’ )-R1
    By Harry Freires/ PLM Ch.E./Phil. Inventor on Water/ 22May-18june2015/09214305099

    Carbon dioxide or Greenhouse gas is from a deeper point-of-view merely ‘finger-pointing’ . . giving us a hint. . as to the real cause of ‘climate-change’..

    HIGH-SPEED CYCLONE DUE TO LONGER PLANETARY EQUITORIA;L DIAMETER THAN THE NORTH-SOUTH POLE DIAMETER. .THE EARTH ROTATING IN ITS OWN AXIS AT 1,500 KILOMETERS PER HOUR
    POLE-SHIFT DUE TO MASSIVE HUMAN ACTIVITY OF USING WATER TO EXTRACT THE DWINDLING (LOW-LEVEL) CRUDE OIL (FOSSIL FUEL) UNDERGROUND. THE 20% DIFFERENCE IN THE 2 FLUID DENSITIES CREATES A MASSIVE UNDERGROUND ADDITIONAL WEIGHT ON THE PLANET OFF-CENTERED TO ITS AXIS OF ROTATION (1,500 KILOMETERS PER HOUR). .AFFECTING THE BALANCE OF THE CENTRIFUGAL-&-CENTRIPETAL FORCES TRIGGERING PLANETARY WOBBLING AND POLE-SHIFTING. . THE REAL CAUSE OF CLIMATE-CHANGE.

    . . for by true logic if a substance is the real cause of a specific problem. . by the way, a serious problem must be well-defined in order to solve it accurately. . . the removal of that cause will make the problem disappear. .Removal of carbon dioxide from the global atmosphere will not make the phenomenon of climate-change disappear from the planet Earth…much more just merely reducing its concentration in gas form (carbon credit?).. a futile attempt.

    The main bulk of carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere came from the utilization (power plants, motor vehicles, etc.) of fossil fuel. . oxidation (reaction with oxygen) or combustion of hydrocarbons (HC) of fossil fuel forming carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2O) and heat (energy)…Plants generate oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. Animals and humans gives off carbon dioxide. The effects of these beings on the concentrations of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is negligible compared to that generated by the utilization of fossil fuel.

    FOSSIL FUEL + OXYGEN => CARBON DIOXIDE + WATER + ENERGY
    (HC) (O2) (CO2) (H2O) (HEAT/LIGHT)

    In the chemical reaction/equation above, Carbon dioxide (CO2) or greenhouse gas, here seems ‘finger-pointing’ ITS SOURCE, fossil fuel (the hydrocarbons from crude oil) . . as the cause of climate-change.

    If only Carbon dioxide, CO2, could speak:

    “Don’t blame me as the cause of climate-change. I just came from or simply a by-product of human utilization of hydrocarbons (mainly from the massive global burning of fossil fuel)…I just came out from that massive daily human activity.

    I am a good gaseous molecule. My relatives , the bicarbonates, when I dissolve myself in water in the human body, they form a chemistry-phenomenon called “buffering” in the human blood maintaining its acid-base balance at its healthy ph of 7.4..This state which I maintain is the definition of Harry Freires’ concept of wellness for at this balanced chemistry, it serves as a sort of catalyst where all the vital chemicals needed by our body’s normal operations are formed in the right quantity and quality. And my chemical enducement for the occurrence of that resistance to ph-change at ph 7.4 (buffering) is his definition of immunity against diseases.
    Without me humans will get sick and they will die. I maintain human life like oxygen. I am not bad.

    Why not you humans shift your source of fuel to a molecule that has no carbon in it, only the combustible hydrogen and a non-combustible oxygen, H2O. When you use it you form again its raw material. . It is an infinite source of energy. It will not affect the quantity of water in the planet Earth.

    In so doing you do not mine anymore my mother, the fossil fuel, underground. . because in so doing, like what is happening now, you affect the balance of the centrifugal-&-centripetal forces of the Mother Earth which is the real cause of the climate-change.

    To you O members of that elite group of reptiles I called, the ILLUMINATANG-IN, who are the main promoter of this fossil fuel since the start, pls be honest & don’t escape responsibility. Speak not half-truth. Be direct to the point ..that is the erroneous technology of mining my mother, and its massive continuous use globally, is destroying the Earth & Humanity. NOT MY MOTHER EVEN PER SE.

    To every thinking humans (non-reptilians), thank you for reading and reflecting on my ideas. I am not a member of the Illuminatang-IN. I have no bested interest to exploit in order to accumulate material wealth. I exist to serve humanity. I REPEAT I AM NOT THE CAUSE OF CLIMATE-CHANGE. I AM GOOD. I AM NOT GUILTY” – Carbon dioxide (CO2)

    But fossil fuel has been here since millions of years ago but in Earth’s history, it has not been identified as the cause of climate change as we know it today. Or better there has been no climate-change occurrence since time-immemorial..Only asteroids hitting the planet Earth causing Planetary ‘POLE-SHIFTS’ that triggered one form of climate-change and the disappearance of the dinausaurs.

    In the 90’s when I was in Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO [Arab-American (oil) company], 80% supplier of world’s fossil fuel, the submersible pumps were no longer able to reach the low-level crude oils underground. Seawater from Jubail’s Persian Gulf is massively being injected underground (up till today) to extract further the dwindling fossil fuel (1,000 billion barrels remaining underground, 800 billion barrels so far extracted by humanity, 82 million barrels daily consumption. . 2011 data).

    Assuming theoretically 800 billion barrels of water replaced that fossil fuel underground by 2011, due to the 20-25% difference in densities of the two fluids, about 32 billion tons of additional weight was generated underground “off-centered to the Earth’s axis of rotation. . travelling at 1,500 kilometers per hour speed of Earth’s rotation in its own axis, an imbalance will be created for our ONLY HOME IN THE UNIVERSE to find a new axis of rotation. “Planetary Wobbling”. .About 1,050 kilometers polar movement toward the equator (pole-shift) has occurred till the 90’s. daily earthquakes, land/ice slides, sinkholes, change in weather phenomenon, volcanic eruptions, movements of tectonic plates under the ocean causing tsunamis, stronger storms or cyclones (the Earth is not a perfect sphere: longer equatorial diameter than the north-south pole diameter), cracks in the earth’s crust, heat from the core (10,000 degrees centigrade temperature) coming out from the cracks, melting of the icecaps, rising of the sea-levels, floods, changes in earth’s magnetic poles affecting the plane & airport compasses (triggering the ‘Malaysian plane’ phenomenon). . ALL DEFINITIONS OF CLIMATE-CHANGE.

    It seems therefore that the cause of Climate-change destroying now our common home. . our Mother Earth. . and potentially could destroy human civilization we developed for thousands of centuries. . is somehere near the fossil fuel. . IT IS NOT ITS SUBSTANCE PER SE. . BUT SPECIFICALLY IN THE MASSIVE . . GLOBAL. . PROFIT-BASED HUMAN ACTIVITY RELATED TO ITS MINING & UTILIZATION. . .

    THE WORST SCENARIO: SINCE THE SAME TECHNOLOGY OF EXTRACTING THE DIMINISHING FOSSIL FUEL IS STILL BEING USED. . IS WHEN THE NORTH-SOUTH POLES WILL SUDDENLY SHIFT TO THE EQUATOR . THE REAL CAUSE OF CLIMATE-CHANGE IS SIMILAR TO THAT FAMOUS BRITISH SAYING “A STRAW THAT BREAKS THE CAMEL’S BACK”. .SLOWLY IT STARTED. . BUT THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN THERE WILL BE DESTRUCTIVE SUDDEN SHIFT .. .BILLIONS OF HUMANS WILL DIE. . AND WE ARE BACK TO STONE-AGE. . NO GOVERNMENT. . NO CIVILIZATION. . NO HUMANESS. . THE ‘SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST’ RULES. . WE ARE LIKE ANIMALS. .I PREDICT THAT IT WILL BE BEFORE 2020. . THO’ THEORETICALLY THE REMAINING 1,000,000,000 (BILLION) BARRELS UNDERGROUND. . AT A RATE OF 82,000,000 (MILLIONS) BARRELS DAILY GLOBAL CONSUMPTION WILL OCCUR AT 2044

    SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL SOLUTION: BOTH FOR CLIMATE-CHANGE AND THE DWINDLING FOSSIL FUEL: SHIFT OUR ENERGY-SOURCE (HYDROGEN ATOMS IN THE HYDROCARBONS OF FOSSIL FUEL) TO THE HYDROGEN ATOMS OF WATER. . THE PRODUCT OF ITS UTILIZATION IS ALSO WATER:

    H2 + O2 => H2O + HEAT (ENERGY)

    HUMANITY WILL HAVE AN INFINITE SOURCE OF ENERGY. . . POVERTY WILL BE SOLVED. . LET US FIGHT THOSE WHO DON’T WANT POVERTY BE ELIMINATED FROM SOCIETY.

    POLITICAL SOLUTION TO CLIMATE-CHANGE:
    “NO MASSIVE UTILIZATION MUST BE ALLOWED
    OF ANY MAN-MADE-PROFIT-BASED TECHNOLOGY
    DESTRUCTIVE TO HUMANS & THEIR ONLY HOME IN THE UNIVERSE,
    THE PLANET EARTH”

    -GLOBAL GOV’T. OF PERMITS-