Sustainable development cannot be achieved without the voices of those effected by the exploitation of the earth’s resources, especially the poor, migrants, indigenous people and young men and women, Pope Francis told participants at a Vatican conference on sustainable development.
Without a change of attitude that focuses on the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, efforts to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals will not be “sufficient for a fair and sustainable world order,” the pope said on 8th March.
“Already, St John Paul II spoke about the need to ‘encourage and support the ecological conversion,'” he said.
“Religions have a key role to play in this,” the pope said. “For a correct shift toward a sustainable future, we must recognise our errors, sins, faults and failures, which leads to a heartfelt repentance and desire to change; in this way, we will be reconciled with others, with creation and with the Creator.”
The three-day international conference, titled ‘Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals: Listening to the cry of the earth and of the poor’, looked at how religions can help the world reach the goals by 2030.
Picture: In this 2017 file photo, a man assists trucks that carry palm oil fruit on a damaged road in Ogan Komering Ilir, Indonesia. (CNS photo/Antara Foto, Budi Candra Setya via Reuters).