Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Climate Change

The Pope Visits New York & The United Nations


The Catholic leader moved to a wider venue than Washington for his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Friday morning— wider because this time he spoke to the people of the entire world through their international representatives on United Nations soil. The address took place just before the scheduled UN’s 70th anniversary convocation began. People started to line up before dawn to enter the building.

The Pope's moving speech at the 9/11 World Trade Center destruction site (

The Pope’s moving speech at the 9/11 World Trade Center destruction site (

“In no other hall, from no other platform, can a world leader speak to all humanity,” said Ban Ki-Moon, head of all nations, in introducing the Pope. Francis’s UN speech took place just before a special summit meeting opened there to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. Most of his own priorities echo the spirit of these resolutions.

In the UN speech on Friday morning, the Pope excoriated the international audience more thoroughly than he had chided American politicians the day before in Washington. He blamed rich nations, companies, and individuals for social and environmental destruction and in reference to the wars in the Middle East, Ukraine, and South Sudan. However, he praised the Iran nuclear agreement and endorsed the UN’s efforts toward a global agreement to fight poverty and climate change. He also spoke out against “oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty, exclusion and dependence.”

“[The poor] are cast off by society, forced to live off what is discarded and suffer unjustly from the consequences of abuse of the environment. These phenomena are part of today’s widespread and quietly growing ‘culture of waste.’ ”

As in Washington, he repeated his argument that “any harm done to the environment… is harm done to humanity,” with the global poor [elderly, sick, young] suffering the brunt of environmental destruction.

Pope Francis greets the people on New York's famed Fifth Avenue, seat of US fashion and material culture (

Pope Francis greets the people on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue, seat of US fashion and material culture (

“A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and the disadvantaged.”

Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, had this to say:

The Pope prepares to lead a Vespers service at Saint Patrick's Cathedral (“Pope Francis brings a voice of unwavering moral clarity on the need to protect the Earth. Simply put, caring for our planet and for the neediest among us is a responsibility we all share.

This week, the pope has made it clear that climate change is an urgent challenge and must be addressed without delay. The good news is that we now know that many actions that will slow climate change are consistent with those that will deliver economic benefits to society.

The pope’s message should inspire leaders of all backgrounds—in the U.S. and abroad—to take actions to protect the Earth, grow our economies, and enhance the resilience of the most vulnerable. As we head into the final sprint to the Paris climate summit, world leaders need to come together in the face of this global challenge.”

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
Sign up for our free daily newsletter to never miss a story.
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New CleanTechnica Podcasts

Written By

covers environmental, health, renewable and conventional energy, and climate change news. She's currently on the climate beat for Important Media, having attended last year's COP20 in Lima Peru. Sandy has also worked for groundbreaking environmental consultants and a Fortune 100 health care firm. She writes for several weblogs and attributes her modest success to an "indelible habit of poking around to satisfy my own curiosity."


#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.


Support our work today!


Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports


EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

EV Press Releases


Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Clean Power

A new gigascale green steel project in Sweden aims at sprinkling green hydrogen fairy dust on electric vehicles everywhere.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently launched the third and final phase of the Lithium-Ion Battery...

Carbon Pricing

Alberta's crude oil from steam-assisted gravity drainage has a carbon debt just for extraction and in province processing that's as large as the total...

Clean Power

CleanTechnica switched to Fifth Third Bank (5/3 Bank) in 2019. Two big factors for us were 1) it had the most ambitious clean energy...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.