After several warnings from scientists and environmentalists, now Pope Francis also not only acknowledges climate change but announces it a threat to human civilization. He told reporters, on the plane returning from Columbia, “If we don’t turn back, we will go down.”.
He was asked if the political leaders of the world were to be held morally responsible for the recent hurricanes, including Irma and Harvey to which he replied, “You can see the effects of climate change and scientists have clearly said what path we have to follow,” he said, referring to a consensus by scientists that global warming is caused by human activity such as fossil fuels. “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 said. “Each person has their own. Even politicians have their own.”
Back in 2015 prior to the Climate Summit in Paris, Pope Francis wrote a major encyclical or papal letter, on the care of the environment which backed the gradual elimination of fossil fuels to stem global warming.
The accord was to cut down carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming, to which almost 200 countries of the world agreed.
“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,” Pope said. Although he had urged President Donald Trump to stay in the Accord during his visit to the Vatican, Trump pulled the US out of it.
According to the Vatican officials, this was quite humiliating for the Pope, to be precise, a “slap in the face” for the pope and the Vatican, as quoted by an official.