The subtitle of Laudato Si’ is On Care for Our Common Home. In Chapter One the Pope states that global warming, contaminated water, and increased pollution are making our common home “less rich and beautiful, more limited and grey.” (#34) Furthermore, “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us.” (#33)
In Chapter Two, The Gospel of Creation, the Pope looks at the causes of our current crisis. He says unequivocally; “The harmony between the Creator, humanity, and creation as a whole was disrupted by our presuming to take the place of God and refusing to acknowledge our creaturely limitations. This in turn distorted our mandate to ‘have dominion over the earth’ (cf Gen 1:28), to ‘till it and keep it.’ (Gen 2:15).” (#66) Here “keeping” means caring, protecting, overseeing and preserving.” (#67)
In other words, contrary to past Church teachings, “In our times, the Church does not simply state that other creatures are completely subordinated to the good of human beings, as if they have no worth in themselves and can be treated as we wish.” (#69)
To conclude, “we are called to recognize that other living beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes: ‘by their mere existence they bless Him and give Him glory’”. (#69)
Q) “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1) So, what are the heavens telling us?
A) On YouTube listen to Franz Josef Haydn’s The Heavens Are Telling (morphthing1) from The Creation