Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Photo: Gabriel Sozzi

Pope Francis warn climate change could turn Earth into a pile of rubble

July 11th, 2018

Pope Francis has urged Governments around the world to take actions that would reduce the pace of climate change for the sake of future generations.

Speaking at a Vatican conference on Friday, the religious leader warned that climate change could turn Earth into a pile of rubble.

“There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse,” the Pope said.

The Pope’s recent remarks coincided with the third anniversary of his environmental encyclical launched to prompt action at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

The Pope encouraged world leaders to honour the commitments and resolutions made in the Paris Climate Accord to curb global emissions through independent, nonbinding national plans.

Pope Francis also noted that organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank should champion environmental causes by promoting sustainable development.

“It grieves us to see the lands of indigenous peoples expropriated and their cultures trampled on by predatory schemes and by new forms of colonialism fuelled by the culture of waste and consumerism,” the Associated Press quoted the Pope as saying.

Pope Francis has been outspoken about climate change and environmental issues and in June, met with top oil executives to warn them about the consequences of global warming. “Civilisation requires energy but energy must not destroy civilisation,” the Pope said.

The recent Vatican conference was part of a series of events through which the Pope plans to convey a message of urgency about climate change.

Research reveals that the pace of climate change has accelerated in recent years. Increases in greenhouse emissions have led to higher temperatures that might inflict irreversible damage to the Earth’s climate.

Climate change is also negatively impacting the world’s water supplies as the world’s snow and ice supplies have dwindled. Rising sea level as a result of climate change is also posing a serious threat to coastal populations.

The pope is set to hold a mass in Phoenix Park, Co Dublin during his trip to Ireland in August. All 500,000 tickets for the event have already been sold.

About the Author

Shamim Malekmian

Shamim Malekmian is a Cork-based freelance journalist and contributor to the Irish Examiner, Cork’s Evening Echo and The Green News.

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