Pope Francis described climate change doubters as “stupid” in the wake of a spate of hurricanes that have thrashed the US, Mexico and the Caribbean, Agence France-Press reports.
“Those who deny climate change should go to the scientists and ask them. They are very clear, very precise. A phrase from the Old Testament comes to mind: ‘man is stupid, a stubborn, blind man’,” Pope Francis said Monday during a press conference on the return leg of a five-day Colombia trip.
The Pope noted that individuals and politicians had a “moral responsibility” to act on advice from scientists, who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of global warming, Newsmax reports.
“These aren’t opinions pulled out of thin air. They are very clear. They (world leaders) decide and history will judge those decisions,” he added.
Pope Francis has been a strong supporter of efforts to combat climate change and its consequences to the world’s most vulnerable populations, in terms of pollution, disease, wars and migration.