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Five years after Pope Francis published his landmark encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," climate activists around the world are asking, Now what? EarthBeat is marking the anniversary with news stories and commentary examining the moral and practical dimensions of the climate crisis.
Commentary: With Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, at last a spiritual leader whose voice was heard around the world understood what we, the indigenous peoples, had been trying to explain without being understood.
Con la encíclica ambiental del Papa Francisco, por fin un líder espiritual respetado y escuchado en todo el mundo, comprendía lo que nosotros, los pueblos indígenas, habíamos estado tratando de explicar sin ser entendidos.
Commentary: The call is as urgent as it is clear. Even before the pandemic, we understood that we were entering a make-or-break decade for humanity to act to avoid catastrophic climate change and global suffering.
Catholics across the world have embraced and acted on environmental encyclical Laudato Si'. But the consensus among Catholic ecological leaders is those responses have been not nearly as widespread as Francis sought.