Pope Francis spoke out on man-made global warming ahead of climate talks, and encouraged leaders to take the necessary actions to protect the environment.
Speaking to media aboard the Papal plane as he was en-route to the Philippines, Pope Francis shared his thoughts on a variety of current issues, including the dire state of the environment and the impact of global warming.
“I don’t know if it (human activity) is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face. We have in a sense taken over nature.”
He continued on to speak about the culture of waste that has developed in modern times and how harmful certain practices, such as mono-culture and deforestation, have been to the environment.
“I think we have exploited nature too much. Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it.”
Pope Francis has always been a very strong supporter of the environment, and often encourages people to care for God’s creation and to care for the poor who are the ones most often hit the hardest by the devastation that climate change can cause. When he first took office, Pope Francis declared that he would make the environment one of his top priorities. He is currently preparing an encyclical on the environment, which he hopes will serve as a source of encouragement to the world leaders who will meet at the next climate talks. He urges them to be “courageous” and take bold steps to address the environmental crisis as soon as possible.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference is scheduled for December, and will gather world leaders in Paris to discuss these critical issues and to try to get member nations to reach some sort of international agreement to combat global warming and the resulting climate change across the globe.
These statements come as politicians in the United States senate debate on an amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill that would also force senators to officially go on the record with their position on climate science. The “Sense of the Senate” amendment is sponsored by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
To spite the enormous and growing amount of accepted scientific evidence on global warming and the threat it poses to security, water supplies, and food sources for the United States and other nations, many in the House still continue to deny the existence of global warming and its man-made origins. Pope Francis is hoping that his words can help to change that.