Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action Fails to Sway Many Americans

Pope Francis (Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk) Click to Enlarge.
A direct call to action by the Pope has apparently failed to inspire people to be concerned about climate change, according to a new national survey by public policy researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.  Last year, Pope Francis release a 200-page papal letter entitled “Laudato Si,” or “Be Praised,” that urged 1.1 billion Catholics to address climate change and live more sustainably.  The new survey, published in the journal Climatic Change, found those who had heard of the encyclical — both Catholics and non-Catholics — were no more concerned about global warming than those who hadn’t.  Those who knew about the encyclical were also more politically polarized in their acceptance or denial of climate change.  The scientists used data from 1,381 20-minute phone interviews one week before the encyclical’s release and two weeks after it was published. 

"While Pope Francis' environmental call may have increased some individuals' concerns about climate change, it backfired with conservative Catholics and non-Catholics, who not only resisted the message but defended their pre-existing beliefs by devaluing the pope's credibility on climate change," said Nan Li, lead author of the study.

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