“(…) Recent World Summits on the environment have not lived up to expectations because, due to lack of political will, they were unable to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements on the environment.” (LS, 166)

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The United Nations has organized twenty Climate Summits since the Rio Summit of 1992, and the progress made since then to halt the gradual increase in the average temperature of the earth, which threatens all life on the planet, has been minimal.  Now, there has been some progress, because in the early years there were many countries that denied the existence of climate change.  Recently it was discovered that Exxon Mobil, a major US oil company, knew what the consequences would be of burning its product back in the eighties, but instead decided to ignore them to safeguard their profits. Many governments chose to believe in their business for too long.

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“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (LS,14)

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The german political thinker Hannah Arendt, when defining the meaning of politics, argues that it is based on the plurality of human beings as well as being with each other through this diversity.  Many times we forget that this is what living together in society is all about.  Also, when we think about politics, we put the responsibility onto the authorities to bring about the changes we want for a better future.  However, when it comes to the care of creation, we have no excuses, since, as we are all part of this Earth, each and every one of us has been responsible for the damage we have caused.

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