“Sustainable development?” We hear about it all the time, but what does it mean? And is promoting “sustainable development” just another way of making us feel good about our not-so-benevolent residency on planet earth? Sure, apocalyptic pronouncements are also a uniquely human phenomenon, but this one about catastrophic global warming and pandemics – all based on science – has gotten enough attention to concern even the Vatican. Father Andrea Ciucci, Coordinating Secretary at the Pontifical Academy for Life, is intimately involved in the Vatican’s efforts to promote sustainability and will join us with Professor Claudia Laricchia, Head of Institutional Relations and Global Strategic Partnerships at the Future Food Institute, for a presentation of his new book, Pardon me for asking, but why are you here? Come welcome Andrea and Claudia to our show for a conversation about no less than the fate of humanity.