What is Laudato Si’?
Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You”) is the second encyclical (i.e. papal letter) by Pope Francis. It is the only encyclical devoted to environmentalism and integral ecology, i.e. dealing with problems in both the natural environment and human society alike.
In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis sets out the destruction that Man is rendering to the environment and each other, in the form of the following:
1.Pollution and Climate Change
2. Lack of Access to Drinkable Water
3. Loss of Biodiversity (i.e. extinction of plants and animals)
4. Decline in the Quality of Human Life and the Breakdown of Society
5. Global Inequality
In light of the ecological crisis our world is facing, Laudato Si’ is an invitation to ecological conversion, by reshaping our lifestyle, in order to halt environmental degradation and encourage a “culture of care”.