Katrina vanden Heuvel at The Nation reports that the Pope's environmental message is about much more than climate change. For example:
"The Earth, our home," he writes in the new encyclical, "is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." We are failing in our responsibility to care for God's creation. The reason, he says, is that idolatry of the market and consumerism has supplanted any sense of the common good. And public action is stalled because "too many special interests, and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good and manipulating information so that their own plans will not be affected."