Pope Francis has joined Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, in calling for action from people of all faiths in combatting the effects of climate change.
The statement from Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of the Anglican Communion and Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, said the Coronavirus pandemic will provide political leaders with “an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the world economy to find a more sustainable and socially just solution to the needs of the poor.”
“We must decide what kind of world we want to leave to future generations,”Pope Francis
“We must decide what kind of world we want to leave to future generations,” Francis was quoted as saying by the Anglican Communion’s Archbishop Justin Welby and Turkish Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.
The religious leaders also focus their declaration on poor people who they say have contributed the least to greenhouse gas pollution that drives climate change but is “the most disastrous.”
The declaration seeks to give urgency to the impending UN climate-change summit, where Francis is expected to arrive at least personally.
The conference, known as COP26, is due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, at the beginning of November.
The individual has a role to play but politicians are more responsible than anyone else to make brave decisions in Glasgow, the statement said.
Such a dramatic transition would require governmental action, such as the administration’s $3.5 trillion proposal.