shaping the future of the planet.
In a powerful Apostolic Exhortation published today, Pope Francis has called for urgent and decisive action on climate change. Building on his previous encyclical from 2015, the Pope criticizes climate change deniers and asserts that the human origin of global warming is beyond doubt.
The Exhortation, titled “Care for Our Common Home,” emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship as an integral part of the Christian faith. Pope Francis warns that the world is nearing a breaking point and urges for more co-responsibility in the face of the climate emergency.
One of the key points highlighted by the Pope is the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations. He calls for a just transition to renewable forms of energy, ensuring that the most disadvantaged communities are not left behind.
Addressing the technocratic paradigm that prioritizes technological and economic power, Pope Francis emphasizes the need for human responsibility, values, and conscience. He criticizes the unethical use of power, where marketing and false information are employed to deceive people and preserve the interests of the powerful.
The Exhortation also touches upon international politics and the need for a different framework of cooperation. The Pope calls for global and effective rules, as well as more democratic decision-making processes. He notes the shortcomings of previous climate conferences, emphasizing the lack of enforceable obligations and effective tools for monitoring and compliance.
Looking ahead, Pope Francis expresses hope for the upcoming COP28 in Dubai. He calls for a decisive acceleration of the energy transition to address the climate crisis effectively. The Pope urges an end to the ridicule of environmental issues, stressing that it is a human and social problem requiring the involvement of all individuals and societies.
In line with his belief in the connection between addressing climate change and the Christian faith, Pope Francis encourages people of all religions to take action. He underscores the importance of cultural changes and personal responsibility in bringing about lasting transformations in society.
The Pope concludes the Exhortation by calling for a change in the Western lifestyle and greater care for each other. He highlights the significant impact of individual and collective actions in shaping the future of the planet. As we face the climate crisis, it is clear that every action counts, and it is up to all of us to make a difference.
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