Pope Francis has called for immediate action to mitigate global warming and avoid committing “a brutal act of injustice” on the poor and future generations. Source: CNS.
“Time is running out! Deliberations must go beyond mere exploration of what can be done and concentrate on what needs to be done from today onward,” Pope Francis said at the Vatican on Friday.
“We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward or of prioritising short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires our decisive action, here and now.”
The Pope spoke to leaders taking part in a conference June 13-14 on “Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home,” sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in the United States.
It was the second private meeting aimed at dialogue with invited executives of leading energy, petroleum and natural gas companies as well as leaders in investment firms. The Vatican did not release a list of participants.
The first meeting with energy executives was in June 2018 with participants that included Laurence Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, an American multinational investment management corporation; Darren Woods, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil; and Vicki Hollub, president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum.
Pope Francis thanked participants for returning for the second meeting, saying it was “a positive sign of your continued commitment to working together in a spirit of solidarity to promote concrete steps for the care of our planet.”
The dialogue was taking place during a “critical moment,” he said, because “today’s ecological crisis, especially climate change, threatens the very future of the human family, and this is no exaggeration.”
“For too long, we have collectively failed to listen to the fruits of scientific analysis and ‘doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain,'” he said, citing his encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home).
It would be grossly unfair for future generations to inherit “a greatly spoiled world,” the Pope said. “Pardon me if I want to underline this: They, our children, our grandchildren, should not have to pay, it is not right that they pay the cost of our irresponsibility.”