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Revisiting Laudato si' in the Context of the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement

In their reflections on Laudato si', the second encyclical by Pope Francis, several authors from the November/December issue of Environment (Hulme, Stinson, Tucker) mention the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), which at that time had not yet happened. We now know that at COP21, 195 nations adopted what is in many ways the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement, often referred to as the Paris Climate Agreement.1 The purpose of my commentary here is to continue conversations the November/December issue of Environment began by revisiting Laudato si' now that we have seen the Paris Climate Agreement and the world's initial reactions to that groundbreaking environmental negotiation.

Ted Eckmann is an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Portland in Oregon.       

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