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As written on the church website, "On June 18, 2015, the Vatican released Laudato Si (Be Praised): On Care for Our Common Home, a comprehensive and remarkably plain-spoken summary of the environmental and social ills facing humanity. According to the encyclical, “There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, avoiding fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.”

Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim leaders have praised Pope Francis’s call for strong action to address climate change. The pope’s pastoral letter calls on all people of conscience to take up climate change as a moral imperative.

As the Reverend Sally Bingham, president and founder of Interfaith Power and Light, put it, “The impact of the Pope’s message is clear: If you are person of faith, you have a responsibility to address climate change. It’s as simple as that.”

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