We need to heed the pope's call to action

By Michelle Amiott


Dear Editor:

On Wednesday, Pope Francis arrived in Washington for a historic visit to the United States. His public remarks staunchly reiterated that climate change is one of the prevailing moral issues of our time. His message was well-received by the thousands that flocked to watch his speech all over the country. Here in Colorado, a recent poll shows that most people support Pope Francis's call for climate action.

In fact, 62 percent of Colorado voters said they agreed when asked, "Do you agree or disagree with the message from Pope Francis calling on the world to do more to address climate change?" Less than one-third of Colorado voters disagreed, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

His words are a call to action, to be headed by all, especially those of us living in one of the consumptive nations in the world. And the future is beginning to change. Last month the EPA issued its first-ever rules to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants, and now Pope Francis is reminding us of our obligations to act. Supporting the Clean Power Plan is one way we can follow his call to action.

To quote from Pope Francis' recently published encyclical Laudato Si, "Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start."

Michelle Amiott
Paonia