The vulnerability of the poor and of future generations to the impact of climate change creates a “serious ethical and moral responsibility to act without delay and as free as possible from political and economic pressure” to slow climate change and protect the environment, Pope Francis said.
In a written message to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Pope Francis praised the 100 countries that formally joined the Paris climate agreement adopted last year, but emphasised that implementing the agreement must involve multidisciplinary cooperation and special measures of solidarity with the poor.
“Technological solutions are necessary, but not sufficient,” the pope wrote to the conference, which was meeting from 7th to 18th November. Governments must recognise there are “ethical and social aspects” of working for a new model of development that is sustainable and respectful of both the planet and the poor.
“The current situation of environmental degradation,” he said, is “strongly connected with human, ethical and social degradation.”
Picture: The autumn scenery and the River Tees in Teesdale, County Durham. (Picture by Owen Humphreys PA Archive/PA Images).