"Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us."(Pope Francis, Laudato Si', par. 161)
His address built on several fundamental themes in Catholic Social Teaching such as the "common good" and the "common destination of the goods of the earth." In his lecture the Archbishop emphasized Pope Francis’ call for an integral ecology that unites concern for our common home with care for our brothers and sisters who share that home. He argued that consistent with Pope Francis' concept of integral ecology, "we must be concerned with injuries to our planet and the irresponsible treatment of other living beings." He also argued that "we must resist...ideologies that focus.. on protecting the planet... while allowing offenses against human dignity."
Archbishop Auza's talk covered issues of consumerism, ideological colonialism, whether market forces could adequately safeguard the environment as well as the need for "decisive" political action.
He outlined the various international Declarations, Agreements and Protocols** on the environment, analyzing them through the lens of the ethical, spiritual, scientific, technological, economic and political dimensions of an integral ecology
**2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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