Here’s the word from the America: The National Catholic Review:
The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…
The one-day summit on April 28 will also include participants from major world religions and aims to “elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical,” as the papal document is known…
In addition to the keynote speech by Ban, participants will hear from Jeffrey Sachs, a prominent American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Church sources said that leading scientists in the climate change field will also take part.
The official name of the 28 April conference is “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development“.
The Earth is in little need of protection from us; it isn’t going anywhere. It’s too big. Mankind certainly can’t destroy it, though we can make messes for ourselves which are more and less troublesome. My favorite example came from Alex Epstein’s The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. Seems in China there are lakes of toxic waste produced from the manufacture of iThises and iThats that are causing local residents to fall deathly ill. Hey. If it makes for cheap “devices”, who are we to judge?
About the second goal, who doesn’t want a dignified humanity? The answer is: presumably those folks who purposely act undignified. Right, Frisco?
Good news is the phrase “Sustainable Development”—instead of just “sustainability”, which is nothing but a euphemism for progressive politics. Here’s proof: Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism. Sustainable development means they’re still willing to discuss, well, development.
Anyway, they’re inviting non-scientist Jeffrey Sachs, who specializes in producing dreary ideas. And they’re inviting politicians, a signal of desperation. They’re asking “Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a top Vatican official who is leading the drafting process of Francis’ encyclical on the environment.”
It’s not like I haven’t tried to be noticed. Past couple of months, I’ve been waving my hand at places like the Pontifical Academy of Sciences like an over-excited kid in the back of the class, but the teacher still hasn’t called on me. Maybe she thinks I’m a know-it-all.
Which I am. At least in the case of “climate change” a.k.a. “global warming” a.k.a. “climate disruption” a.k.a. etc., etc. Plus, I’m a Catholic, which ought to cut some dry ice (get it? get it?).
I mean, I’m an actual expert. Regular readers know all this, but I repeat it in the slim hopes some newcomer will see it and be triggered (notice my clever use of hip words).
My Bachelor’s and Masters are in atmospheric physics, my PhD (from Cornell) is in mathematical statistics, with one specialty in measuring the goodness and usefulness of predictions (like climate models). I served on the American Meteorological Society’s Probability & Statistics Committee, was Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review (the biggest weather journal), published in Journal of Climate, and many, many other places. And much more.
Readers know of the recent flap about funding in global warming science. I was one of the people in the cross hairs of the ill-informed, and really uninformable, media and witch-hunting Congress.
Again, et cetera.
There’s plenty of groups which are laboring to create “the” Catholic position on global warming. Biggest might be the Catholic Climate Movement (see this list).
Now, I’ve put the word out to some priest-scientist friends, and have managed to make contact with some big names you’d know if you knew the big names (parse that). But so far, no joy. One named person advised (in effect) that some are hoping nobody notices these pontifical climate statements.
I dread waking up in June and hearing the secular media telling me “The official Catholic position on global warming requires you to believe carbon dioxide is evil.” Talk about brutal labor to correct this!
So although I know most of you are just as lowly as I am, I put this up in case somebody of importance eventually sees it. We can’t let the failed but politically correct science to be the only voice represented.