Pope Francis is imploring people of goodwill everywhere to honor our moral obligation to protect future generations from the dangers of further climate chaos by embracing our ethical duty to act.
Our sister, Mother Earth, says the pope, â€œcries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by the irresponsible use of the goods with which God has endowed her.â€
Pope Francis calls not only on the world\'s 2.2 billion Christians but also on all â€œmen and women of goodwillâ€ to act as faithful stewards of the earth\'s waters, skies, wildlife, and lands.
The Pope in his letter to all Catholic Bishop (encyclical
) from the Vatican on Thursday, makes clear that climate change is the overarching environmental challenge of our time, a widening scourge we have a duty to confront.
The pope isn\'t holding out the peril of climate change as an article of faith. He says science tells us the bedrock truth about what\'s happening to our natural world.
He says faith picks up where science leaves off, helping to guide our individual and collective response as stewards of all creation.
Pope Francis is imploring
people of goodwill everywhere to honor our moral obligation to protect future generations from the dangers of further climate chaos by embracing our ethical duty to act.
And beyond our common charge to safeguard the planet, he writes, we are called on to help the poor.
â€œWe\'re all paying a high price
for rising seas, expanding deserts, blistering heat
, withering drought
, raging wildfires
, floods, storms, and other hallmarks of climate change. Some, though, are bearing a greater burdenâ€ said Pope Francis.
He says scores of millions of the world\'s poorest people are living on the front lines of climate disaster. The disasters according to the pope often the most vulnerable groups liked children, expectant mothers, the elderly, the infirmâ€Šâ€”â€Šwho suffer first and are hurt the worst from the hazards of climate change.
The former bishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has a personal commitment to people living in poverty. He has rightly tied the hardships of the global poor to environmental degradation.
â€œIt is man who has slapped nature in the face,â€ he explained
In January Pope Francis visited to the Philippines, where unusually warm oceans contributed to the 2013 cyclone that killed more than 6,300 people and left 4 million homeless. â€œI think we have exploited nature too much.â€
Pope Francis adds that last year was the hottest since record-keeping began 135 years ago. The 16 hottest years on record
have all occurred since 1997.