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Pope Benedict claims that the atheists are responsible for the destruction of our environment. To this I say the Pope is uninformed when it comes to matters of science and I allege he is in the business of divisiveness which in and of itself is un-Christ like. If the Pope would have bother to open a science book and look into the research that has been going on for the last decade or more he could clearly see that people's lack in the belief in the Almighty has absolutely nothing to do with today's climate change. That in fact today's climate change has more to do with the burning of fossil fuels then it has to do with one's religious or lack of religious preference. Vatican
A recent article in the July 2011 Scientific American by Lee R. Kump entitled The Last Great Global Warming, does an excellent job explaining that not only is today's climate change’s main underlying cause fossil fuel burning, it also explains past climate changes that this earth has experienced. During the Cretaceous period the earth experienced a hothouse effect because of volcanic eruptions. The earth at that time experienced a temperature increase of .000025°C per 100 years with an overall warming of 5°C. Again, during the Eocene period our planet experience yet another climate change due volcanoes and methane bubbling up from the ocean bottom. At that time the earth experienced a .025°C per 100 year increase in temperature with an overall warming of 5°C. These were the last two times the earth experienced climate change. In both of these two cases climate change was due to environmental factors caused by nature.
Today we are experiencing a 1 to 4°C per 100 years increase in temperature with an overall warming of anywhere from 2° to 10°C increase. This increase is projected over the next 200 or 300 years. Make no mistake this kind of increase is man-made as the data clearly demonstrates.
We can expect the acidifying of our oceans, greater extreme weather than what we are currently experiencing now, continued melting glaciers, and a rise in our sea levels that will leave many living by the coast homeless or worse. Science predicts that there is going to be a poleward moving of many species, large habitat loss, coral bleaching, and extinctions on a grand scale. All of which threaten the very existence of every single living creature.
For the Pope to make a statement that all of this can be laid at the feet of the atheists is not only absurd and ridiculous but further demonstrates how many religious leaders will go to any lengths including outrageous claims such as this in order to discredit what they feel is a threat to their belief system. In a time where we face the possible extinction of mankind in the near future because of our poor choices regarding our energy needs we do not need a world leader like the Pope who commands respect of literally millions of people to take this tack that is so transparent in its bigotry that he should be embarrassed for stating it in the first place. Who does he think he is anyway?
Instead of this type of rhetoric this man has it in his power to affect real world change by calling for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and an increase in the research, development, and implementation of renewable clean energy sources. The followers of Catholicism should denounce this man and demand that their faith take a more proactive attitude towards clean energy and our environment. A new attitude is called for here by the Christians. This world should not be seen as a mere waystation on the way to the afterlife but as the birthplace of humanity. Everyone should treat this wonderful place we call home with love and respect that it deserves. It is not only our home but the home of countless of other species of life. Christians have a history of standing up for the unborn. Their passion towards the unborn and the life that it represents is unquestionable and at times remarkable. Can they not have the same attitude towards the earth? This planet is a living breathing organism in its own right also. Too polluted and treat it the way we do is shameful and disrespectful to future generations. I challenge today's Christians not to be like the Pope. Not to play the blame game or to inspire more hatemongering and divisiveness towards people that have different beliefs then there's but to become stewards of this planet we call home.