California governor says he carried ‘Laudato Si” to climate summit

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July 8, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown talks to media at a July 8 press conference at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto. Brown said he is traveling with a copy of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, "Laudato Si'." (CNS photo/ Michael Swan, The Catholic Register) See CLIMATE-AMERICAS July 8, 2015.

California Gov. Jerry Brown talks to media at a July 8 press conference at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto. Brown said he is traveling with a copy of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’.” (CNS photo/ Michael Swan, The Catholic Register)

TORONTO (CNS) — California Gov. Jerry Brown, in Toronto for the Climate Summit of the Americas, said he is traveling with a copy of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical “Laudato Si'” and “going through it carefully.”

“I like the language in it, which is not the language of markets,” Brown told a press conference July 8, the first day of the two-day meeting of government and business leaders from across the Western Hemisphere. “But it’s the language of spirit, of metaphor, of poetry, of humanity.”

The Climate Summit of the Americas brings together provincial, state, city and indigenous First Nations to propose specific commitments to reduce greenhouse gases ahead of December’s U.N.-sponsored talks involving national governments in Paris.

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