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Integral Ecology

by | Nov 12, 2015

Key Insight

But while Francis’ letter is revolutionary, it is not actually a departure from Catholic Social Teaching.

Stained glass of St Francis of Assisi (Taize)

Photo: Stained glass of St Francis of Assisi in Taize, France (CRS /Paul Hicks)

I introduced Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environmentLaudato Siin an earlier post. For this second (and last) post on the letter, I’m pasting sections from the chapter called Integral Ecology.

What’s this have to do with coffee and water? Everything. Coffee and water are part of an integrated social and natural system, where the interaction of people with their environment directly affects the “ecosystem services” that flow from coffeelands, including both coffee and water.