December 6, 2019
Everything that the weather does is the fault of people who eat burgers and drive cars.
Pope Francis recalled a massive storm that struck northern Italy last fall, saying such natural disasters are nature’s way of sounding an alarm to make us more environmentally engaged.
Speaking in Saint Peter’s Square for the inauguration of the Vatican Christmas tree and Nativity scene on Thursday, the pope thanked the people of the regions of Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige, who donated the tree and crèche scene.
“Today’s meeting offers me the opportunity to renew my encouragement to your people, who last year suffered a devastating natural disaster, with the demolition of entire wooded areas,” Francis said. “These are events that frighten us; they are alarm signals that creation sends us, which summon us to immediately take effective decisions to safeguard our common home.”
Natural disasters were happening long before humans engaged in the activities blamed for Climate Change.
Were sandstorms, floods, storms, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, and ice ages before the industrial revolution also a consequence of man-made Climate Change?
If not, why are all present ones blamed on fossil fuels and farting cows?
Thanking the people for the large spruce tree at the center of the square as well as a number of the smaller trees that will be placed around the Vatican, Francis said he was “pleased to learn that 40 fir trees will be planted to replace the trees that have been removed trees and to replenish the woods that were severely damaged by the storm of 2018.”
In 2015, Pope Francis became the first Roman pontiff in history to devote an entire encyclical letter to the issue of care for the environment, in which he decried human exploitation of nature.
The earth “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her,” Francis wrote. “We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.”
Who or what this “Mother Earth” is and its relationship with the Starbucks lady remains a mystery.
“Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet,” the pope continued, comparing the ecological crisis to the nuclear crisis of the Cold War era.
Since then, the pope has become one of the most vocal opponents of global warming, urging “drastic measures” to combat “a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself.”
“Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation,” he declared. “Let us make an effort to change and to adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles!”
“Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, towards forms of clean energy and a sustainable and circular economy. Let us also learn to listen to indigenous peoples, whose age-old wisdom can teach us how to live in a better relationship with the environment,” he said.
Oh, yes, the Noble Savage: the avatar of harmony and justice.
Yes, learn from the wise indigenous peoples.
A reclusive New Guinea tribe which was accused of the gruesome murder of Michael Rockefeller has been captured in striking photographs years after the tribesmen turned their back on cannibalism.
The photographs, captured by photographer and explorer Gianluca Chiodini, 41, from Rome, only hint to the New Guinea tribe’s dark, violent history.
If they turned their backs on cannibalism, does that mean that they’ve abandoned their age-old wisdom in favor of the new?
Someone should ask Francis if we should also learn about cannibalism and headhunting from these wise beings.
The Asmat people spent centuries hunting down their enemies and removing their heads, sometimes transforming their decapitated skulls into pillows or using them as macabre bowls.
But the tribe is said to have ‘officially’ turned its back on headhunting in the 1990s in favour of a quieter, more peaceful life of woodcarving and creating handicrafts.
The tribe did not only hunt for skulls, they also worshipped them. The heads of the deceased were stripped of the brain and the eyes and nasal parts were closed up in order to prevent evil spirits to enter or exit the body.
Skulls that were modified and decorated were then displayed by the Asmat in an honourable place in their homes. The tribe were said to believe that when they killed a man and ate him, they took his power and became him.
Romanticizing the primitive is an anti-human behavior that portrays the animal-like state of barely surviving as the ideal human state, where the environment isn’t transformed in any way and the existence of humans is so irrelevant that their presence doesn’t leave any kind of mark.
That isn’t who we are.