Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
During his relatively short run as one of the most famous humans on Earth, Pope Francis has managed to create a public image that depicts him as a kind of cool, laid-back, open-hearted and reasonable pope. He’s the pope even a vegan, atheist, LGBTQ person could learn to love (or at least consider vastly preferable to his immediate predecessors).
Yet according to a new report from the Associated Press, it appears that even the “cool” pope is, well, still a fundamentally conservative and paternalistic figure who believes people should be protected from making their own choices. During a meeting in Rome on Friday with members of a drug-enforcement conference, the AP reports, Pope Francis reiterated his previously stated opposition to efforts by some to legalize various recreational drugs.
Francis reportedly told his audience that even modest attempts to legalize some drugs — like marijuana, for example — “are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.” Francis also said that addiction to drugs “is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.” He went on to state what he said had previously been his position: “No to every type of drug use. It is as simple as that.”
Whether it was the entirety or merely the majority of those in attendance who then wanted to make a “Lighten up, Francis” joke remains unclear.
Man Covering His Mouth: A shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell, Inner Mongolia, China
Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
“Black Friday” Shoppers: Aggressive bargain hunters push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall as they are opened at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2007, Boise, Idaho, USA
Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.