Scientists are claiming that humanity’s impacts on the Earth are now so profound that we have entered a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene. And Pope Francis has recently spoken out that destroying the environment is a sin. He has called for urgent action to stop climate change and reinforced the messages in his provocative encyclical on the environment. Read more here about the work of mercy.
But the world is moving, with enlightened leadership from some nations. China has just signed the Paris climate accord, and President Obama delivered two major speeches on climate change, pleading with politicians to act now in the interest of future generations. It is clear that we need to act, to be bold. “Global warming continues,” the pope said. “2015 was the warmest year on record, and 2016 will likely be warmer still. This is leading to ever more severe droughts, floods, fires and extreme weather events.”
Maybe it is as simple as two actions—doing no harm and minimizing not maximizing interventions in the environment every single day.