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Prof. Aseem Prakash in Forbes, "Pope Francis And Climate Change: Does Morality Play A Role In Climate Policy"

Submitted by Junhee Park on October 9, 2023 - 11:05am

Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak question in Forbes whether morality play a role in climate policy

Pope Francis is among the most important moral leaders of our times. In a recent Apostolic Exhortation, Laudate Deum, he notes the pervasive government, market, and individual failure on climate issues. But it is less clear whether his climate pronouncements affect public policy and individual behavior. Broadly, this raises the question of how moral reasoning might influence climate politics.

"Last week, in an Apostolic Exhortation, Laudate Deum, he said, 'Eight years have passed since I published the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, when I wanted to share with all of you, my brothers and sisters of our suffering planet, my heartfelt concerns about the care of our common home. Yet, with the passage of time, I have realized that our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point.' The Pope criticized Western countries for their insufficient commitment to climate policy and individuals for their 'irresponsible lifestyles.' In doing so, Pope Francis noted the pervasive government, market and individual failures to address climate change. "

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