In anticipation of the upcoming UN summit on climate change this year, Pope Francis released a papal encyclical urging people to act.

The document, called “Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home,” paints climate change as a moral, rather than a political, issue, focusing on how poor communities are affected. It criticizes the “throw-away” lifestyles of wealthy nations.

This is the first papal encyclical to focus on protecting the environment. papal territory.