Fourteen months after Haiyan: the Pope visits

CELSO DULCE: Experiences in Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

I was expecting Pope Francis to speak out about disasters, climate change and ecosystem degradation before the estimated 150,000 who gathered at the Tacloban airport. After all, Haiyan is the worst embodiment so far of the deadly and devastating combination of natural hazards, climate change and ecosystem degradation. And the Pope’s position on these issues is well known.

“An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.

“The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.

“The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already…

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