Encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home

World Streets: Toward a New Mobility Agenda

pope francis in crowd Photo: Massimo Pinca/AP

Pope Francis’s just-promulgated encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home”, is without a doubt the most important single document to be published, initiative  to be taken, since the phrase sustainable development was invented three long and patently unsuccessful decades ago. This extraordinary document of less than one hundred pages aims to inform and to rally the forces of responsible  behavior and responsible governance to the cause and the plight of our planet and to the role of active democracy.  Beautifully written (the English language version at least), clearly presented and cogently argued in clear day to day language.    It is an excellent and inspiring read. However it is not a recipe, it is a challenge, and thus requires that we read it carefully and do our own sorting out of the issues and the counsel it offers. Not an effortless process.

One of the more depressing passages includes his list…

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