Well blow me over with a feather and tell me it’s a sledge hammer.  Now the Pope is being criticized for being concerned about climate change.  
It appears that the Pope, bless his plain white robes, met with the UN Secretary-General and in that meeting they discussed the upcoming United Nations Climate change conference which is going to be held in Paris at the end of this year.  (30 November – 11 December 2015)

But wait, there’s more.  Not only did the Pope put his tuppence worth into the climate pot, but the Pontifical Academy of Sciences also met with the UN Secretariat and some other really important non government organizations.

   
Vatican & UN team up on climate issues    
Now, the fact that all this climate change discussion was going on by the Vatican powers that be, created a bit of a stir in certain quarters.  Like the Heartland Institute, a right-wing American organization known for its global warming skepticism, got their knickers in a right twist.
 
 
And they weren’t the only ones telling the Vatican that they have no business talking about climate change.  Another group, funded by a US climate drive in Chicago went off to Rome to rally against the Vatican’s climate commitment.  Interestingly enough, one of these people was Christopher Monckton.

Who the hell is Christopher Monckton I hear you ask.

 
 
His fame is that he’s the 3rd Viscount Monkton of Brenchley (to give him his correct title) a journalist right against climate change.  Now young Christopher (well he’s not young as the photo above shows) caused an unprecedented step by the House of Lords who published a “cease and desist” letter demanding that Lord Christopher Monckton should stop claiming to be a member of the upper house. reference
If he purports to be someone he’s not, then I’m not sure how much credence this man should be given and, I’m please to say, the Vatican thinks the same.

Getting back to the Pope.  He’s been outspoken about climate change saying:  “I don’t know if it is the only cause but in great part it is man who has slapped nature in the face. We have in a sense taken over nature.”

 
So, as the Guardian reports   “The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based conservative thinktank that seeks to discredit established science on climate change, said it was sending a team of climate scientists to Rome ‘…to inform Pope Francis of the truth about climate science….’ ”
Just as an aside …. The Heartland Institute, guess who they are funded by???? Energy companies.  Say no more!!!
 
The Vatican is getting ready to have a Papal encyclical where it will declare it’s position on the environment and humanity’s relationship with nature.  When that comes out watch out for the flak – will be very interesting to see what sort of confrontation there will be between the Pope and the religious right in the USA.
 

All I can say is ….. stick to your greenness, Francis, the world needs people like you!

 

If you want to read more – BBC

 

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