Pope Challenges World Leaders to Start with ‘Drastic’ Climate Change Action

The Pope urged the governments to take serious actions towards climate change.

The Hill reports that the Pope said that governments have a “responsibility” at the United Nations Climate Action Summit this month to show “the political will to take drastic measures to achieve as quickly as possible zero net greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels, in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals.”

“We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own,” he said in a written message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Francis continuously says that governments should “renew commitments decisive for directing the planet towards life, not death.”

He also added that it is time to forget fossil fuels and move toward clean energy and “a sustainable and circular economy.”

His public address this Sunday was delayed because he was trapped in a Vatican elevator for almost half an hour before the firefighters freed him out, The Hill said.

“A round of applause for the fire brigade,” he said, according to the news service.

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