At a Vatican conference on climate change at the Vatican, Pope Benedict asked bishops, scientists and politicians to “respect creation” while “focusing on the needs of sustainable development.” The Catholic church is believed to have as many as a billion followers, and while many Catholics that I know do not follow everything that the Pope tells them (premarital sex, children without wedlock, living together before marriage, etc. ), I am sincerely hoping that they will pay attention to him this time.
I think the Pope has a solid chance of making a difference at least in the United States since a new poll has some encouraging news about efforts to fight global warming. The New York Times/CBS News poll finds that 90% of Democrats, 80% of independents and 60% of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climate. Just 1% (I am assuming it includes the likes of ExxonMobil and some fringe evangelical Christians) said no steps were needed.
While most Americans are opposed to the idea of raising gasoline prices as a solution to reduce consumption, mainly because our lives are married to the automobile, but they are more receptive to renewable energy sources and reducing consumption. Definitely very encouraging news.