God always forgives… but the Earth does not.
Pope Francis offered a firm warning about climate change when he spoke yesterday at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, in Rome.
“We must care for Mother Nature, so that she does not respond with destruction,” he told delegates from 172 countries.
He urged leaders to use upcoming climate conferences in Lima, Peru (COP20) next month and in France (COP21) in 2015 to tackle the problem of “caring for our planet”.
In the same speech he also pressed leaders to take a new stance on food security, arguing that the fight against hunger and malnutrition is held back by “the priority of the market and the pre-eminence of profit which have reduced food to a thing to be bought and sold, and subject to speculation".
The pontiff argued that food security and solving hunger crises must be led by the right to dignity of those who are suffering, not hand-outs and charity.
His encouragement for leaders to consider the environment, food and nutrition as global public issues comes at a time when nations are more tightly intertwined than ever before.
“When solidarity is lacking in one country, it’s felt around the world,” he added.
He has been outspoken about environmentalism and other international issues since his papacy began in March 2013.
At a talk at the University of Molise in May 2014 he called climate change "one of the greatest challenges of our time" and described the exploitation of the Earth's resources as a "sin".
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