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10 times the Pope's encyclical didn't shy from being outright radical

Rarely do international leader figures acknowledge the fact that capitalism with its extractive industrial model is responsible for causing the crisis of climate change, poverty and inequality. The Pope's encyclical on climate change didn't miss a change to make this this quite clear. Here are 10 quotes from the encyclical that didn't shy away from attacking the real perpetrators of global issues.

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When it summarised everything that's wrong with genetically modified crops.

When it summarised everything that's wrong with genetically modified crops.
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When it said what's good for corporations and the 1% isn't good for the rest of the planet

When it said what's good for corporations and the 1% isn't good for the rest of the planet
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When it called the gross injustices carried out in the name of development.

When it called the gross injustices carried out in the name of development.
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Or criticised the free-market based economy.

Or criticised the free-market based economy.
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When it pointed out that the need to look at the root cause of problems instead of isolated symptoms.

When it pointed out that the need to look at the root cause of problems instead of isolated symptoms.
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Or pointed out the farce of international summits.

Or pointed out the farce of international summits.
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When it said that consumerism, encouraged by capitalism's need for infinite growth, is no longer acceptable

When it said that consumerism, encouraged by capitalism's need for infinite growth, is no longer acceptable
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That extractive capitalism is only concerned about making profits at any cost.

That extractive capitalism is only concerned about making profits at any cost.
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Or the hard truth that capitalism causes climate change.

Or the hard truth that capitalism causes climate change.
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And that we need to get money and interests of corporations out of politics.

And that we need to get money and interests of corporations out of politics.