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    Pope Francis Brands Climate Change as ‘Road to Death’, Urges Global Action

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    Pope Francis has sounded an alarm on the current state of the climate crisis, asserting that humanity has reached a “point of no return.”

    In a candid and expansive interview, the pontiff has characterized climate change as “a road to death,” a warning that echoes his consistent advocacy for the planet’s protection.

    With an air of solemnity, he underscored the grave responsibility world leaders hold in spearheading efforts against global warming, a phenomenon he attributes to humanity’s own doing.

    During a historic encounter with CBS Evening News in Vatican City, Pope Francis engaged in a discussion that unveiled his profound concern for the environmental trajectory of the planet.

    “Unfortunately, we have gotten to a point of no return. It’s sad, but that’s what it is. Global warming is a serious problem,” the Pope stated, according to the translated interview.

    His message is unequivocal: Climate change, at this moment, symbolizes a trajectory towards demise.

    With industrialized nations at the helm of this global predicament, Francis did not shy away from attributing blame. Wealthier countries, reliant on fossil fuels, are viewed as the principal contributors to the environmental decay.

    “They are the countries that can make the most difference, given their industry and all, aren’t they? But it is very difficult to create an awareness of this,” he expressed.

    The Pope’s criticism extends to international climate conferences, which he suggests fall short of inciting genuine and lasting action, characterizing the routine as one where nations “hold a conference, everybody is in agreement, they all sign, and then bye-bye.”

    This is not the first instance of Pope Francis taking a firm stance on environmental issues. In 2015, he became the pioneering pontiff to directly address the United States Congress, urging lawmakers to adopt a holistic approach to combating poverty and protecting nature. His missive to the legislators reflected a nexus between socio-economic justice and ecological integrity.

    A coal fired power plant on the Ohio River just West of Cincinnati

    The interview also brought to light the Pope’s perspective on climate deniers, whom he described as “foolish people.”

    Calfing Glacier – Global Warming?” by Len Radin is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    Even in the face of compelling statistics and scientific evidence, he noted, the obstinate skepticism of such individuals is often entrenched in vested interests or a lack of understanding. The Pope’s appeal to reason and moral responsibility emphasizes the critical importance of accepting and combating climate change as a lived reality.

    Furthermore, the Pope has been an outspoken critic within the Catholic Church itself, challenging those who deny or minimize the signs of climate change. His documents have frequently addressed the need for transformative lifestyle changes, particularly in western societies, to mitigate long-term environmental impacts.

    The Pope’s plea resonates beyond the church’s constituency, serving as an urgent call to the global populace, particularly the youth, who stand to inherit a planet in peril. In a poignant reflection on the future, Pope Francis emphasized, “It is life,” underscoring the interconnectedness of all beings and the shared responsibility to restore the health of the oceans and, by extension, the Earth.

    Pope Francis’ impassioned interview, which aired against the backdrop of Laudato Si’ Week – an annual event commemorating his influential ecological encyclical – is a clarion call to humanity. It is an invitation to become “artisans and caretakers of our common home.”

    Relevant articles:
    Pope Francis: “Climate change at this moment is a road to death”, CBS News
    In CBS interview, Francis calls climate change ‘a road to death,’ chastises ‘foolish’ deniers, National Catholic Reporter
    Pope Francis says climate change ‘a road to death,’ deniers ‘foolish’, Rappler

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