Francis joins tide on climate change


A recently published biography of Francis notes that the Pope is planning a major encyclical on environmental matters. Pope Francis has asked Leonardo Boff to send him his writings on eco-theology as part of his preparation, writes Neil Ormerod.

- Eureka Street

Despite the Coalition's government's stance, it is clear that globally the tide is beginning to take a very serious turn. With the publication of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Los Angeles Times made the bold decision to no longer publish letters from climate change denialists saying it would not print 'letters that have an untrue basis'. The Times' letter editor, Paul Thornton, noted: 

Scientists have provided ample evidence that human activity is indeed linked to climate change ... The debate right now isn't whether this evidence exists (clearly, it does) but what this evidence means for us. Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page; when one does run, a correction is published. Saying 'there's no sign humans have caused climate change' is not stating an opinion, it's asserting a factual inaccuracy.

With a bit of prompting from its readership, but not a concerted campaign that I know of, the Sydney Morning Herald has followed suit. Now there is a campaign to get other newspapers in Australia to follow suit. 

While this might seem like a small victory, the more substantial issue on the horizon is the global campaign for divestment in the fossil fuel industry. Fossil fuel companies base their market value on their reserves in coal, gas and oil. It is becoming increasingly clear that a significant proportion of these reserves can never be used without causing catastrophic climate change.

A group of 70 global investors, managing more than $3 trillion worth of assets, has launched a coordinated effort to ask the world's 40 top fossil fuel and power companies to fully assess the risks posed by climate change and the benefits of supporting low carbon energy. These investors are demanding to know how fossil fuel companies plan to manage climate risks and the emerging clean energy economy; for example, by reducing the carbon intensity of assets, divesting from the most carbon intensive projects, and investing in lower carbon energy sources. 

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