Summary

THE ENCYCLICAL LETTER

A SUMMARY

The letter first identifies vices such as pollution and poor waste management (Holy Father Francis, 6) as a threat to our environment, availability of water and degradation of the biodiversity. The chapter appreciates the role played by the bio-diversity and the role that man has to play. The chapter calls for dialogue into ways and means of protecting the environment. It advocates for deliberate measures to curb pollution as well as man’s activities that pose a threat to eco-system The second chapter highlights God’s plan of creation. The linkage between mankind and duty to care for the earth is established (Holy Father Francis, 18). God’s creation in its entirety was meant to be a united communion to exemplify God’s greatness and mankind’s closeness to the Creator.

The third chapter traces the ecological crisis as being a result of mankind’s own actions. The chapter argues that mankind has all the knowledge to advance technologically but there lacks a guarantee that such knowledge shall be used wisely (Holy Father Francis, 29). The chapter traces most of man’s problems today to the misuse and over-reliance on such knowledge. The fourth chapter proposes the idea of an integral ecology where everything is linked to everything in order to establish a strong chain of life (Holy Father Francis, 38). The fifth chapter makes proposals towards a sustainable ecological relationship and care of the environment (Holy Father Francis, 40). It advocates for policies and dialogue aimed at rebuilding the environment and bio-diversity. It proposes the need for mankind to unite and jealously protect his environment as instructed by the Creator. The last chapter advocates for a change in lifestyle for mankind as well as increased spiritualism for all people (Holy Father Francis, 56). The chapter observes that humankind’s current lifestyle is destructive and does not care about the coming generations.