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Three things the Pope and Martin Luther King can teach the climate movement

June 19, 2015

It’s been quite an incredible week with both the Climate #MassLobby on Wednesday and the release of the Papal Encyclical on Thursday
http://fortheloveof.org.uk/the-best-of-speak-up/
http://rhythms.org/article/pope-francis-if-we-destroy-creation-creation-will-destroy-us/

Tearfund's Policy Blog

By Rich Gower and Sue Willsher

Today the Pope officially released his much anticipated message on climate change – an ‘Encyclical’ to his Bishops around the world. Much fuss has been made of the Pope ‘wading’ into an issue that’s seen as being about economics and politics rather than faith, for example US Presidential candidate Jeb Bush: “I don’t get my economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope.”

However, this shows exactly why it is so important for the Pope to speak out: as long as climate change is seen as a political or economic issue – rather than a moral one – we are unlikely to make the changes necessary to address it. The climate movement needs to learn the lessons of previous movements, such as US civil rights movement, and do more to make the moral case for action.

Here are three things…

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