Climate deal must be transformative, papal envoy tells leaders in Paris

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Smoke billows from the chimneys of power plant in 2014 in Belchatow, Poland. Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and "transformative" agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate change conference Nov. 30 in Paris. (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)
Smoke billows from the chimneys of power plant in 2014 in Belchatow, Poland. Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and “transformative” agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate change conference Nov. 30 in Paris. (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and “transformative” agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate conference in Paris.

Pope Francis has said “it would be tragic” if special interests “manipulated information” and won out over the common good, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said Nov. 30.

The cardinal delivered a speech on behalf of the pope during the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 Conference of Parties, or COP21, in Paris. The Vatican released a copy of the speech Dec. 1.

A global agreement must have three interrelated goals in mind: “alleviate the impact of climate change, fight poverty and let the dignity of the human person flourish,” the cardinal said in a speech delivered in French.

A meaningful global pact must be guided by a clear ethical vision that sees all of humanity as belonging to one human family, and has “no room for the so-called globalization of indifference,” he said.

“Given the urgency of a situation that requires the broadest collaboration possible in order to reach a common plan,” it is important the agreement recognize everyone’s responsibility to help others and according to one’s abilities and means.

An agreement must send “clear signals” to governments, businesses, the scientific community and local communities on how to adjust or change their behavior and policies in ways that leads to a low carbon economy and integral human development, he said.

Finally, the cardinal said, the COP21 endeavor must be part of an ever-evolving commitment to future generations with constant updates, follow-up and enforcement.

“It’s necessary to take into serious consideration the realization of models of sustainable production and consumption and new behaviors and lifestyles,” he said.

“Technical solutions are necessary but not enough,” he said, adding that teaching and supporting sustainable lifestyles are critical. People must become more aware of their responsibility and that today’s lifestyles based on an unsustainable “culture of waste” have no place in new models of education and development.

— By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service.

2 COMMENTS

  1. It is truly a sad state of affairs when the Holy Catholic Church, the organization that invented the “scientific method,” the organization that invented the University system, the organization that gave humanity the technological and scientific explosion; who gave us Father Steno, Father of Geology; Father Kircher the Father of Archeology; Father Roger Boscovich the Father of Atomic Theory- Monseigneur Georges Lemaître who initially developed the Big Bang theory, and so forth – is now up to it’s eyeballs in junk science. The junk science of “global warming” which has been debunked by the majority of legitimate scientists and remains nothing more than a secular religion for ignorant plebes (invariably denizens of the political left.)

    Now, instead of being in the business of saving souls and protecting the One True Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church, it would seem Rome is more interested in running around blathering bogus banalities about a “theory” that isn’t and hasn’t ever been.

    Perhaps the reason Mother Church is now in a state of crisis and ridicule is precisely because it has succumbed to the winds of secular society as initiated in Vatican II and now continued as evidenced in the latest nonsense regarding the Pope’s absurdities in “Global Warming.” How very sad indeed.

  2. We all are on our way out but we need to keep our Planet ready and fit for people who are yet to arrive.

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