- Feb 23, 2020
Four years after publishing his provocative encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has criticized its implementation, saying in two separate messages published this week that the global resolutions the document hoped to influence are failing, largely due a lack of commitment from the parties involved.
Catholic campaigners at U.N. climate talks welcomed support from Pope Francis and vowed to bring a “firm moral perspective” to intergovernmental negotiations.
Despite growing recognition of climate change as a legitimate and looming threat, current commitments to mitigate its effects and alter human behavior fall short of those needed to resolve the crisis in time, Pope Francis said.
An international conference in Nairobi on Laudato Si’ – the 2015 environmental encyclical by Pope Francis — ended on Wednesday with young people of different faiths being challenged to take concrete action against the degradation of humanity’s “common home.”
Speaking to oil company executives, Pope Francis on Friday said that climate change “threatens the very future” of humanity, adding that the “doomsday predictions” can no longer be met with disdain.
Catholic organizations called for greater personal responsibility in tackling climate change and stepped up their advocacy in opposing the rollback of U.S. environmental regulations during the last year.