“The consequences of environmental change and feel dramatically in many states, so we must act together and accord,” said the Pope to the delegates from 194 countries gathered at the last Climate Summit in Lima.
“Time to find global solutions is running out. We can only find suitable if we act together and concordant solutions. There is therefore a clear, definite and urgent ethical imperative to act, “said the pontiff
“The consequences of environmental change, already feel dramatically in many countries, especially Pacific island, remind us of the seriousness of the negligence and inaction. The time to find global solutions is running out, “the Pope wrote in a message dated November 27.
For Francis, the fight against global warming “will only be possible with a responsible collective response that overcomes interests and behaviors and free of political and economic pressure develops.”
He added that a collective response may also be able “to overcome attitudes of mistrust and promote a culture of solidarity, encounter and dialogue and able to show the responsibility to protect the planet and the human family” and “affect the whole humanity, especially the poor and future generations. ” “Moreover, it is a serious ethical and moral responsibility,” he said.
Pope Francis asked to take immediate action to save the planet from environmental destruction and urged world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth as the cry of the poor”, involving the Catholic Church in the political controversy over climate change .
In the first encyclical devoted to the environment, Pope calls for decisive action to stop environmental degradation and global warming, openly supporting scientists who say it is generated mostly by men.
In the encyclical “Laudato If (praise be). On the common care home, “Francis asks a change of lifestyle immersed in a consumer culture rich countries” inmediatista “and the end of the” attitudes that obstruct “and put profits ahead of the common good.
The most controversial papal pronouncement in half a century has sparked the ire of conservatives, including several Republican presidential hopefuls US who Francisco criticized for meddling in science and politics.
However, its appeal also received praise from scientists, activists and United Nations climate change.
In a press conference to present the document, Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the main collaborators of Francisco, rejected criticism of American politicians before publication.
“Just because the Pope is not a scientist does not mean you can not consult scientists,” Turkson said.
The first Latin American pope, which took its name from St. Francis of Assisi, patron of ecology, said that protecting the planet is an ethical “principle” to believers and non-believers who should replace political and economic interests.
The message to 1.200 million, the most controversial since Pope Paul VI in 1968 issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae defended the church’s ban on contraception, Catholics might encourage Catholics around the world to pressure lawmakers on ecology issues.
The Argentine-born pontiff 78 years denounced the “myopia of the construction of power” that has delayed broad environmental measures. He argued that “many of those who have more resources and economic or political power seem to be concentrated mainly in mask problems or mask the symptoms.”
Given that has said it wants to influence the important UN climate summit to be held this year in Paris, the encyclical further consolidates its role as a global diplomatic player after last year intervened so that Cuba and the United States They sit at the negotiating table.
Francisco rejected the argument that the “current economics and technology will solve all environmental problems, just as states with non-academic language, that the problems of hunger and misery in the world simply be solved by market growth “.
Time is running out to save a planet that “it seems increasingly become an immense reservoir of crap.”
“Again, avoid a magical conception of the market, which tends to think that the problems are solved only with the profit growth of companies or individuals.”
Francisco also rejected the effectiveness of permits to emit carbon dioxide (CO2), ensuring that looked like a “quick and easy solution” but that could lead “to a new way of speculation” that keeps excessive consumption and does not allow ” radical change “is necessary.
“The catastrophic predictions can no longer be regarded with contempt and irony. A future generations could leave much debris, dirt and deserts, “the pope wrote in the document of almost 200 pages.
“The pace of consumption, waste and environmental disturbance has exceeded the possibilities of the planet, so that the current lifestyle, being unsustainable, can only end in disaster, as indeed is already happening periodically in different regions, “he said.
The publication of the text preceding September speech to the United Nations and the US Congress on sustainable development.
After stating that he assumed “the best fruits of scientific research available today,” Francisco described climate change as “one of the greatest challenges for humanity” and said that poor countries are the ones that suffer the most.
In several passages of the encyclical of six chapters, Francisco faces both those who deny climate change and those who say it is not the fault of man.
“There is a very consistent scientific consensus that we are facing a worrisome warming of the climate system,” he said. “Humanity is it called to become aware of the need for changes in lifestyles, production and consumption, to combat this heating or, at least, the human causes that produce or accentuate” he added.
Francis called for policies to reduce “dramatically” gaseous pollutants “replacing the use of fossil fuels and developing renewable energy sources.”
In a passage that probably bother the Conservatives, he said “becomes essential to create a regulatory system that includes absolute limits and ensure the protection of ecosystems.”
One of the main issues in the encyclical is the disparity of wealth.
“We stopped to notice that some creep in a degrading misery without real possibilities to improve, while others do not even know what to do with what they have, vainly hold a supposed superiority and leave behind a level of waste that would be impossible to generalize without destroy the planet, “he said.