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The Pope’s Ecology Encyclical & Mining – A Campaigner’s Perspective

Pope-FrancisHenry Longbottom SJ is a member of a Roman Catholic religious order known as the Jesuits (to which Pope Francis belongs) and is currently studying for the priesthood. He is actively involved in London Mining Network.

When I became a Catholic seven years ago, never in my wildest dreams did I expect the appearance of an official church teaching document (an “encyclical”) dealing with the moral duty to combat climate change, a respect for the intrinsic value of all creation, and the need for solidarity with victims of global inequality.

The London Mining Network: Collaborating for greater transparency, accountability, and responsibility

IMG_0095Scholastic Henry Longbottom, SJ

The world comes to London, capital of the United Kingdom (UK), in many ways. London’s international and culturally diverse outlook is deeply attractive to visitors, workers, and students alike. But the city is also a magnet for global finance. Most of the world’s leading multinational companies have gained a foothold in London’s financial “Square Mile” to take advantage of its favourable regulatory regime, access to professional services, and formidable status as a gateway to capital and markets.

Fossil Fuels, NO! Climate Justice, YES!

IMG_0139-300x224…so went the lively chant on today’s People’s Climate March through London.  Myself and other members of the London Mining Network joined thousands of others in this rally which was organised by the Climate Coalition.