On The Radio – Pope Francis stresses environmental research


Pope Francis meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Vatican in 2014 (O'Dea/WikiMedia)
Pope Francis meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Vatican in 2014 (O’Dea/WikiMedia)
November 9, 2015

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at the address Pope Francis made to congress earlier this year, stressing the importance of environmental research in addressing the threats caused by climate change.

Transcript: Francis stresses environmental research

Pope Francis’ address to Congress last month stressed research as an answer to the environmental crisis caused by climate change.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

In an hour long speech, the Holy Father highlighted the potential for human ingenuity to help solve environmental problems.

“I am confident that America’s outstanding academic and research institutions can make a vital contribution in the years ahead.”

Francis has continued the thread laid by his predecessors Pope Benedict the 16th and Saint John Paul the second, who called for a “global ecological conversion.” The current degradation of the natural environment is indicative of what Francis calls “the throwaway culture.”

To address this, Francis called for a “right use of natural resources” that contributes to the common good, linking ecology to care for the poor. He was confident that American academic and research institutions could use their skills and new technologies to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.

For more information about the Papal visit, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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