Back to School: Pope Francis on the Environment

DePaul Magazine

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As students head back to class for the fall quarter, we asked several faculty members to offer a sneak peek into their courses. Below, Mark Potosnak, associate professor in the College of Science and Health, discusses his new course on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. The 180-page encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” generated much interest among Catholics and non-Catholics alike when it was released in June.

This is the final post in a three-part series. View the first post on modern dance, creativity and adversity here. View the second post on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina here.

What were the main themes of the encyclical?
The encyclical on the environment boils down to a few simple messages. First, the science is settled: the Earth is warming, and humans almost certainly are responsible for climate change. Next, the encyclical explains…

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