Six bishops representing episcopal conferences on five continents issued a joint statement calling on the international community to take immediate action against climate change.
Addressing world leaders who will be attending the COP24 Summit in Katowice, Poland, in December, the bishops urged them to take concrete steps “in order to tackle and overcome the devastating effects of the climate crisis.”
“We must be prepared to make rapid and radical changes and resist the temptation to look for solutions to our current situation in short-term technological fixes without addressing the root causes and the long-term consequences,” the bishops said in the statement.
The statement was signed at the Vatican on 26th October by: Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences; Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union; Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of Lubango, Angola, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar; and Cardinal Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan of David, Panama, president of the Latin American bishops’ council’s economic committee.
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Picture: Protesters march to urge politicians to act against climate change in Paris. Six bishops representing episcopal conferences in five continents issued a joint statement calling on the international community to take immediate action against climate change. (CNS photo/Philippe Wojazer, Reuters).