U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves next to Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal as they arrive for the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Dec. 9. In a message to Pulgar-Vidal, Pope Francis said the time to solve the problem of climate change "is running out." He also insisted climate change is a serious moral problem. CNS photo/Enrique Castro-Mendivil, Reuters

Time to tackle global warming running out, Pope tells climate summit

By  Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
  • December 11, 2014

VATICAN CITY - Tackling the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru.

"The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously," he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change Conference.

Thousands of negotiators from 195 countries gathered for the meeting in Lima Dec. 1-12 to hammer out details of a new international agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

The Vatican released a copy of the Pope's message Dec. 11.

The Pope encouraged the leaders in their discussions because their instant decisions will "affect all of humanity, especially the poorest and future generations. What's more, it represents a serious ethical and moral responsibility."

The impact climate change already has been having on coastal regions and other areas "reminds us of the seriousness of negligence and inaction," he said. It is morally imperative that people act.

"An effective fight against global warming will be possible only with a collective and responsible answer" that overcomes one-sided or special interests and is "free from political and economic influence," he said.

The Pope said the leaders' response will have to "overcome distrust; promote a culture of solidarity, encounter and dialogue; and be capable of showing responsibility for protecting the planet and the human family."

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  • Ex-Catholic

    What happened 200 years ago before fire fighting?
    Forests and grass lands burned for months sending more CO2 into the air than industrial

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  • KenG

    and as soon as the pope sells of the Vatican and its treasures, donating the proceeds to the Poor, and making the holdings of the Vatican library public, I'll actually care what he think about a subject in which he has no training at all.

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  • Dana

    As a Catholic of 65 years if I hear one word from a priest in his Sunday sermon about "time running out" to correct climate change then I will get up and walk out never to return . The climate change as religion finally has its highest priest to pontificate. Stick to what you know best Pope .

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  • John Dough

    Why is it so difficult for "journalists" to understand that there is no global warming without the globe warming?!

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  • Mervyn

    The Roman Catholic Church dabbles in climate science? It tried Galileo for heresy for believing the earth circled the sun. In 1992, it repealed the ruling by the Inquisition against Galileo and acknowledged the heliocentric theory. That’’s right . . . in 1992, 350 years after Galileo died!

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  • bernadette mcmahon

    I think if the pope wants to make a comment on global warming then he should be able to. He is a world leader and I think fracking should be stopped as it has been known to cause earthquakes. Does this not tell us that it is wrong. We should not be messing around with the earths crust.

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  • Paul Mason

    Dear Pope,

    I have appreciated and applauded your wonderful love for all mankind. But when it comes to Global Warming, there is now more ice in the Arctic and Antarctic than in many years before, and it's becoming colder everywhere. Please wake up, and put on a warm garment.

    God Bless You!

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  • Mike

    Is there a socialist cliche this Pope will not embrace?

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  • Burghard Schmanck

    If the Pope believes in CO2-global-warming, i fear, the rest of his belief is wrong too.

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  • dkg

    I am sickened that the catholic church is now led by a socialist pope fighting for wealth redistribution via a global warming scam. The Vatican should stay out of politics. However, as the pope has taken a left wing stance for catholicism I have decided to leave the church 50 years after my baptism.

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