by ELISABETTA POVOLEDOOCT. 26, 2015
The Vatican on Climate Change
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India, expressed the catholic leaders’ appeal for a climate change agreement. By REUTERS on Publish Date October 26, 2015. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters. Watch in Times Video »
VATICAN CITY — Roman Catholic cardinals, patriarchs and bishops from around the world on Monday appealed to climate-change negotiators to approve a “fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement” when they meet at a widely anticipated United Nations conference in Paris next month.
Representatives of the church from five continents signed the appeal in Vatican City. They said it was inspired by Pope Francis’ sweeping encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si,” issued in June, which forcefully calls for action to stem environmental destruction and climate change.
The prelates’ appeal calls for a “major breakthrough in Paris” that puts “the common good ahead of national interests,” and advances a 10-point policy proposal “drawing on the concrete experience of people across the continents, and linking climate change to social injustice and the social exclusion of the poorest and most vulnerable of our citizens,” they wrote.