An Article of Faith May 24, 2011 : 2:51 PM

The Center for American Progress writes about the Pope’s stand on the climate crisis:

“Pope Benedict XVI has been an ardent supporter for many years of recognizing thetruth of climate change and the collective responsibility to reduce carbon emissions and preserve clean air and clean water. In fact, he has been dubbed the "Green Pope" in diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks.”

“And in a true example of “lived faith,” the pope and his leadership spearheaded renewable energy projects right in Vatican City. In 2008 the Vatican began installing 2,400 solar panels atop the pope’s audience hall, which prevents 230 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted annually. The Vatican even flirted with the idea of going completely carbon neutral by reforesting degraded land in Hungary to offsettheir emissions, though critics assailed the plan for its focus on offsets over efficiency improvements.”

“In the new pope’s first social encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” he proclaimed there is a “covenant” between humans and the environment, and “responsibility is a global one, for it is concerned not just with energy but with the whole of creation, which must not be bequeathed tofuture generations depleted of its resources.” He highlighted in particular the responsibility of wealthy developed nations to take the lead on these efforts.”