By Lorbiecki, MarybethForeword by McKibben, Bill
The first book to present the beloved pope's speeches and writings on environmental matters, thoughtfully synthesized into a complete spiritual and practical vision for the future. Believing that the ecological crisis is a moral crisis, the late John Paul II was an unexpected adv...ocate for ecological responsibility throughout his papacy, revealing a sophisticated view in which the development of a just human society is closely tied with preserving the health of the Earth. Yet for decades, many in the religious community viewed environmentalism as an earthly concern at odds with devotion to God. That is now changing, thanks to the groundwork laid by this most beloved of popes. Following St. Francis is accessible and illuminating and speaks as much to nonreligious readers as to devoted Catholics. Across themed sections (on Poverty, Women's Rights, Humans as Stewards, Responsible Capitalism), Marybeth Lorbiecki presents the late Pope's contemplation of environmental issues as inseparable from human ones. She follows with a plan that the Catholic Church, as well as individuals, can use to incorporate John Paul II's influential philosophies into daily and spiritual life.Read more
Marybeth Lorbiecki, M.A., is Director of the Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign, a joint program of the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care (NRCCC) and the Franciscan Action Network. The Vatican Office of Peace and Justice has sought her out for consultation on her compilation of Pope John Paul II's ecological teachings, the only collection they know to exist. She is a former adjunct university professor, and author of the award-winning biography of the conservationistAldo Leopold, A Fierce Green Fire, as well as numerous children's books. Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen bestselling books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, and was awarded the Steward of God's Creation Award by the NRCCC in 2013. Time magazine called him the planet's best green journalist. A Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen universities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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