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Pope Francis disingenuous on climate change


Pope Francis needs to be praised for calling for an "ecological conversion" for the faithful in his sweeping new encyclical on the environment. "Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost forever," he writes.

Pope Francis's ideological blinkers betray his values and ignorance of history

"Every people deserves to conserve its identity without being ideologically colonised," the Pope said. But, during his trip to the Philippines the Pope defended traditional Vatican teaching, which opposes artificial contraception. [1]

He said this after commenting that, "Progressive, Western ideas about birth control and gay rights were increasingly being imposed by groups, institutions or nations there, often as a condition for development aid."

Endangered Species Condoms Win Ad Award; Take Action Against Overpopulation

The Center for Biological Diversity has a very successful campaign linking human population growth to other species loss. They sell "Endangered species condoms." Their creative approach has now been independently recognised by, of all things, the American Advertising Federation. Good on them!

Mindless Philanthropy At The Grass Roots Level

The role of an activist must not be to feel good about him (or her)-self, but to confront and take down the system which is destroying us. It is not to address symptoms or ameliorate conditions but attack root causes. Effecting radical change may in fact involve making conditions worse in order to make them eventually better. Unconditional aid to nations like the Philippines is an act of criminal irresponsibility and ignorance.

Boycott charities until donations linked to conditional birth control and wealthy high-birth nations forced to fund their excess

One of our CanDoBetter commenters, 'RichB', has highlighted the site Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. This is a visionary site! As more globally-aware people begin to question the 20th Century 'growth-only' tenet, alternative ideals such a 'Low Population Planet', deserve to be considered and debated. But where to start? One practical moral campaign that would immediately start curbing the out-of-control human birth explosion would be to lobby against the funding requests of charities supporting countries that have high birth rates.

Is 'Incentivisation' and Coercion Needed to meet the Population Challenge?

Many population- environment organizations concerned about human population impact on the planet believe they cannot talk about ‘coercive’ population policies, only education and good access to family planning. But are they falling into the same trap as environmental organizations that refuse to acknowledge the overriding evidence that our ever growing numbers are a key part of the problems we face?

Catholic blog fights contraceptive aid to Haiti

A blogsite called "Catholic Dialogue" sounds so extreme in its condemnation of feminism, contraception and women's choice that you wonder if it's actually a joke. The blogsite warns people not to donate to Caritas Haiti because they support condoms, the celebration of Women's International Day and present a 'negative image of the Catholic Church'!

Please DO therefore consider donating to Caritas Haiti. And thanks, Catholic Dialogue, for telling us about them. They have survived the earthquake. Personally I think they are improving the image of Catholicism.

Philippines debates government promotion of contraception

More than 100 members of the Philippines House of Representatives have co-authored a bill that would allow government funds to be used to promote artificial contraceptives, now prohibited in that nation. Although the legalisation of artificial contraception is supported by two thirds of that desperately poor and crowded nation, the Catholic church remains fiercely opposed. 8 Feb 09

See also: www.populationmedia.org. Add your comments to the PMC blog.

This I believe - (Margaret Sanger, November 1953)

"As a nurse, I was in contact with the ill and the infirm. I knew something about the health and disease of bodies, but for a long time, I was baffled at the tremendous personal problems of life, of marriage, of living, and of just being. Here indeed was a challenge to “build beyond thyself.” Where was I to begin? I found the answer at every door. [...]

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