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Pope Francis on Climate Action: A Revival of ‘The Commons’ to Rethink Economy & Society

Pope Francis is making a statement not just for Catholics, but for the world.

Pope Francis Plea for Climate Action Revives Concept of ‘The Commons’ to Rethink Economy & Society

We continue our coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines, the country most impacted by global warming, ahead of his plans to issue the first-ever comprehensive Vatican teachings on climate change. The pope recently said the warming planet is ‘frequently exploited by human greed and rapacity.’

We are joined by Nathan Schneider, a columnist at America magazine, a national Catholic weekly magazine published by the Jesuits, where he has been covering Catholic engagement with climate change. ‘[The Commons] is a different way of thinking about economics that is a part of Catholic tradition,’ Schneider says. ‘Pope Francis talking about the environment, about creation, is not an innovation; it is a response to a contemporary crisis. But it goes way back, to the scriptures, to Genesis.’

Schneider’s recent article is A Global Catholic Climate Movement, None Too Soon. He is also an editor at Waging Nonviolence and the author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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