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Ecological Challenges Evoke Ethical Response

Pope Francis is clearly one of the most popular people on the planet at present. With his genuine humility and his love for the poor, he has captured the hearts of millions. He has inspired minds as well by his willingness to take on difficult issues such as ecology, economy, and equity, which he sees as inextricably linked. Indeed, these three interwoven issues are at the heart of his Papal encyclical, Laudato si', released in June.1 What does the encyclical say and will it make a difference?

Mary Evelyn Tucker is co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, where she teaches in an M.A. program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Divinity School. She has published widely in the area of world religions and ecology and produced an Emmy award winning film called Journey of the Universe.       

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