Pope Renews Call for Care of Planet

“I would like to reaffirm my urgent call to renew dialogue on how we are building the future of the planet,” Pope Francis said in a message released by the Vatican on November 16, 2017. “We need an exchange that unites us all, because the environmental challenge we are experiencing, and its human roots, regards us all, and affects us all.”

The Holy Father’s renewed call to action came in a message he sent Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Fiji Islands, President of the 23rd Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-23), taking place in Bonn from November 6-17, 2017.  The message was read during the November 16 session.

Pope Francis listed “four perverse attitudes” that “do not help honest research and productive dialogue on building the future of our planet:” Denial; Indifference; Resignation; Trust in inadequate solutions.

The Pope stressed that economic and technological approaches are important, but “it is essential and desirable to carefully consider the ethical and social impacts and impacts of the new paradigm of development and progress in the short, medium .and long term.” And he continued: “…it is increasingly necessary to pay attention to education and lifestyles based on an integral ecology, capable of taking on a vision of honest research and open dialogue where the various dimensions of the Paris Agreement are intertwined.”

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