Friday 24 February 2017

The Pope was right to issue stark message on climate change

Eamon Ryan

Eamon Ryan

Pope Francis has called on the world's leaders to pull together to fight global warming, publishing his hotly-anticipated thesis on the environment which slams profiteers and slaves to progres
Pope Francis has called on the world's leaders to pull together to fight global warming, publishing his hotly-anticipated thesis on the environment which slams profiteers and slaves to progres

Thank God for Pope Francis and his historic call to avert mankind from the destructive climate change path we are on. The force of his message cannot be ignored. It represents a radical development by integrating ecology into Church social teaching. It is a bold attempt to re-imagine our place and purpose in this world.

For over 20 years, the best scientists have led the climate debate as they presented increasingly incontrovertible evidence about the damage being done by the burning of fossil fuels. If we do not change our ways we will be living in a world which is at least four degrees warmer. At those temperatures, sea levels will rise in a way which threatens our major cities. Hundreds of millions of people will have to migrate from parched areas of India, Africa and the Middle East. It will be impossible to feed the growing population on our planet.

For too long, discussion about the science has dominated our public debate. Francis has now put moral and social arguments centre stage. He argues: "Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future, without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded."

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