My latest blog is on Pope Francis recent encyclical on climate change, on care for our common home.
There are two generally held views on climate change. Firstly that it is a myth and the second view that if we do not take urgent action on climate change then the human race will become extinct in the next one hundred years or so. As for myself I take a middle view between these two points of view. The weather is becoming wetter, droughts are increasing and storms are become more frequent even here in Britain. However I do not personally feel that the human race is as yet under threat of extinction. However like Pope Francis I feel that we should be taking some action regarding climate change.
Pope Francis talks about greenhouse gases and increasing global warming in his encyclical.However disappointingly he does not quote any figures to back up his views.
He correctly mentions the drought in Africa and the neo colonialist reocccupation of Africa by western multinational buying up African arable farming land and thus driving indigenous African farmers off their land. The Pontiff also mentions the unsafe water supply in third world countries and also that it is the third world countries that are most suffering from climate change.
The Pope correctly mentions that there is no infinite supply of resources and raw materials. He also condemns correctly in my opinion human greed and rampant individualism.
His solution to the problem of climate change includes the following actions.
Global social justice, a more distributive economic system based on the sharing of goods. Most interestingly he correctly in my opinion calls for the internationalisation of environmental costs as it is third world countries who are most affected by climate change.
In conclusion I personally feel that Pope Francis must be commended for publishing his encyclical on climate change. I do not feel that it is a document which is part of a plan for population reduction as some internet commentators have said. However personally I feel that the only way to solve the problem of any climate change that is taking place is to replace the oligarchical capitalist system with an economic system based on the common ownership of major enterprises and almost end the western imperialist control of the global south of the world.
Good day all.