On the way back from Colombia, Pope Francis gave a press conference on a plane that included some interesting comments. Amongst them was the statement that humanity will “go down” if strong action to address climate change isn’t taken.
Referencing the recent swarm of hurricanes, Pope Francis stated: “If we don’t turn back, we will go down.”
The comments were apparently a response to a question asked by a reporter that went along the lines of: “If political leaders don’t work with other countries to deal with climate change, should they be held morally responsible?”
Pope Francis continued: “You can see the effects of climate change and scientists have clearly said what path we have to follow,” referring to efforts to reduce emissions and atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.
“All of us have a responsibility, all of us, small or large, a moral responsibility. We have to take it seriously. We can’t joke about it,” he stated. “Each person has their own. Even politicians have their own.”
Pope Francis concluded his comments on the matter by stating: “If someone is doubtful that this is true, they should ask scientists. They are very clear. These are not opinions made on the fly. They are very clear. Then each person can decide and history will judge the decisions.”
That presumes of course that there will be history writers to make a judgement on the matter.
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