Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Pope Francis: 'There Is No Time To Lose' On Climate Action

Pope Francis: 'There Is No Time To Lose' On Climate Action

Pope Francis, at a Vatican conference on Saturday, charged world oil leaders and investors to help stop climate change by taking care of the environment.

He stated this at the worldwide conference "the Transfer of energy and care for our common home" held in the Vatican.

"As we know, everyone is affected by the climate crisis", he declared.

The academy's chancellor, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that speaking to the oil executives was important "because today they control the economy but also the policies of many countries, particularly in the G-20", he said, referring to the group of the world's major economies.

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Francis encouraged the industry chiefs to reduce fossil fuel use and work to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit climate change caused by carbon dioxide emission and greenhouse gases.

"Our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of extreme climate changes due to a catastrophic rise in global temperatures, harsher environments and increased levels of poverty", he observed.

The news agency said Pope Francis concluded his speech, saying: "There is no time to lose: We received the Earth as a garden-home from the Creator; let us not pass it on to future generations as a wilderness". He called the transition to cleaner energy sources "a challenge of epochal proportions".

"Energy use must not destroy civilization", he said.

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The Pope had a meeting recently with the officials from ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and Norway's State Oil Company Equinor.

Pope emphasized the climate change as his papacy's principal theme. During their meeting in March 2017, the Pope gave Trump a copy of the 2015 encyclical on climate change before the administration made their decision to pull out of the agreement, TIME reported.

"Francis reminds us in his encyclical that "Business is a noble vocation", but also asks why anyone would want to be remembered for failing to act when the world's poorest people are being pushed deeper into poverty by climate change".

In a separate development Saturday, the Vatican said a church court has indicted one of its top diplomats on a charge of possessing child pornography.

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"Civilization requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization", he said. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events.

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