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about the beauty of God’s creation, completely separate from the economic value of these things.

Every single Catholic needs to acknowledge that our actions have consequences and change accordingly. Free-market ideology is about growth. Growth is normal, but we must acknowledge that there is an end to our natural growth and that there is dignity in this end. Capitalism demands infinite growth, beyond the capacity of humanity and natural resources. It is this demand for growth that robs humans of their dignity through sweatshops and slave trade, calls us to destroy native forests and rainforests, forces species to the brink of extinction, including our own. As Pope Francis says, “we need also to think of containing growth by setting some reasonable limits and even retracing our steps before it is too late” (LS 193). It is immoral to support or contribute to growth which contributes to the oppression of others. Like Naomi Klein, Pope Francis sees climate change as an opportunity to shift the way that we treat each other. The thing is that climate change will be a leveller, there is no-one in

the world who will be unaffected by climate change. This is why there needs to be a massive mobilisation to tackle climate change. Every single Catholic needs to acknowledge that our actions have consequences and change accordingly. In making some of these changes, like using public transport or wearing an extra layer, Pope Francis connects these environmental changes with humanity and love. “Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love which expresses our own dignity” (LS 211). Pope Francis talks about the concept of integral ecology. “We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental” (LS 139).“We live and act on the basis of a reality which has previously been given to us, which precedes our existence and our abilities” (LS 140). This means accepting our limitations, as well as admitting that we do not live in a vacuum. We depend on nature for our existence, as much as we would like to deny it. With the destruction of our planet, of our beautiful green spaces, of our endangered species, we destroy parts of ourselves. Our emotional and

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