Pope Francis Has Spoken: Take Climate Change Seriously, Or Earth Will Be Nothing But 'Rubble' And 'Refuse'

Kristine Moore

Pope Francis made an ardent appeal to governments around the world on Friday during a papal address to heed his warning on climate change, insisting that Earth will one day be nothing but a giant pile of rubble if environmental concerns aren't addressed swiftly.

As The Hill reports, Francis spoke on the third anniversary of "Praise Be," which is an encyclical letter that confirms the stance that the Catholic Church has taken on climate change in which they describe the issue as being one that is both moral and scientific in nature.

The Pope explained that there is a very real chance that if things continue as they are going at the present rate, the future of life on Earth will be a harsh one, with many areas of it completely uninhabitable.

"There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse."

"It grieves us to see the lands of indigenous peoples expropriated and their cultures trampled on by predatory schemes and by new forms of colonialism, fueled by the culture of waste and consumerism. We all know that much still needs to be done to implement that Agreement. All governments should strive to honor the commitments made in Paris, in order to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, above all on the part of those countries which are more powerful and pollute the most, and we cannot afford to waste time."

The Vatican announced that the climate change speech Pope Francis gave on Friday was intended to help the Catholic Church "impress a sense of urgency about global warming and the threat it poses."