Pope Francis to Host Major Summit on Climate Change

Written by Cole Mellino, and reposted with permission from EcoWatch

The Vatican announced Tuesday that it will host a major conference on climate change on April 28, featuring some of the world’s leading climate scientists and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The conference, Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, will also feature Jeffrey Sachs, a prominent American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

The summit hopes to “help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond,” and to highlight “the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people—especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations,” says the Vatican.

The one-day summit will also include participants from major world religions and aims to “elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical,” the Vatican says. The Pope’s much-anticipated encyclical on the environment is scheduled for release this summer. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a top Vatican official who is leading the drafting process of Francis’ encyclical on the environment, will also speak at the conference.

This event is just the latest in what many are calling Pope Francis’s “green agenda.” He has become an outspoken advocate on environmental issues, saying acting on climate change is “essential to faith”  and calling the destruction of nature a modern sin. He has vowed to only increase pressure on world leaders after his disappointment with the Lima climate talks. He is hoping that his encyclical will influence the climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.

He has also made plans to address Congress during his visit to America in September. It will be interesting to see what Pope Francis, who is wildly popular among both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans, has to say to one of the most powerful governing bodies on Earth about the issue of climate change.

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99 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Cynthia Brickner
Cindy Brickner2 years ago

I am praying this conference and the Pope's encyclical will spur world leaders to act.

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dagmar karin dag
dagmar karin dag2 years ago

La voz del Papa se hace escuchar en todo el mundo.Si habla sobre el planeta y su destruccion climatica,esperemos que las autoridades mundiales le escuchen.Pero,son los ciudadanos los que deben hacerse responsables,la tierra nos pertenece a todos,y la polucion y el cambio climatico,lo producimos entre todos.

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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 2 years ago

Wonderful...but would also love to see him address the horrid animal cruelty worldwide--it's a global crisis.

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Daphne H.
Daphne H2 years ago

I've said it before .. I love this guy!

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Ana R
ANA MARIJA R2 years ago

He is TRYING to do the right thing. Lead by example... ... Nobody's perfect.
Blessed be Pope Francis & Keep up the good work! 💕

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Rhonda B.
Rhonda B2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Feather W.
Feather W2 years ago

good to hear...

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Stephen Watson
Stephen Watson2 years ago

Nice, but maybe Pope Francis would have a chat with Cardinal Pell (an Australian and currently appointed Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, by Pope Francis) and then contact current Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a (supposedly) devout Roman Catholic, and express his (the Pope's) concerns about Abbott's avowed denial of Climate Change and the current Australian government's policies (eg, weak and ineffectual according to most economists, climate scientists, and many others, and totally bound to climate denial industrial interests). If Pope Francis could hammer some sense of responsibility into Abbott and Co., THAT would constitute a miracle.

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