The Vatican on Wednesday challenged politicians to end their “infatuation” with a form of economic growth which ends with the environment facing negative effects.
According to the academy, many politicians and governments are measuring the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of their country without taking into account the harm that the environment if facing as a result of certain business practices.
The Vatican has urged countries all over the world to act as stewards of God’s creation and ensure that they take good care of the environment.
Partha Dasgupta, a professor at Cambridge Economics, while speaking at the conference by the academy which was staged at St Peter’s Basilica said that, “GDP is a disgraceful index because it does not count depreciation of our assets - including damage to Mother Nature, the most fundamental asset we have."
In an official statement that was released recently, Peter Turkson, a cardinal who helped in writing the coming Encyclinal, said that, “For humans to degrade the integrity of the Earth by constant changes in its climate; by stripping its natural forests; to contaminate Earth's water, land and air with poisonous substances – all of these are sins.
"There is an all-embracing imperative to protect our garden, our hope. We must move away from our unthinking infatuation with GDP."
This plea has not been taken very well by many. A participant who was at the event, Christopher Monckton, said that, it’s important for the Pope listens to both sides before coming to a conclusion.
“He should listen to both sides of the scientific argument... not only people of one, narrow, poisonous political and scientific viewpoint,” he said.