News headline: Pope urges young to care for planet.
Some quotes from the article:
The planet risks irreversible decline from environmentally unsustainable development, Pope Benedict XVI warned Sunday, urging young Catholics to take the lead in caring for the Earth and its precious resources.
“We need a decisive ‘yes’ to care for creation and a strong commitment to reverse those trends that risk making the situation of decay irreversible.”
Benedict urged the young to “go against the grain” and not be seduced by pressure, including from the mass media, to succeed at all costs in arrogant, egotistical ways. “Be vigilant! Be critical! Don’t get swept up in the wave of this powerful persuasion,” he said. “Don’t be afraid, dear friends, to take the ‘alternate’ path indicated by true love: a sober and solid lifestyle, with loving, sincere and pure relations, an honest commitment to studies and work, and the profound interest in the common good.”
It is difficult to argue with most of what he said:
- Environmentally unsustainable development could lead to irreversible damage.
- Degradation and depletion of water resources will be among the most challenging global issues of the 21st century.
- There is a need for a strong level of commitment to protect the environment.
- Taking care of the Earth is a spiritual issue, not just a scientific, economic, and political issue.
Grace and Peace