Addressing climate change an 'ethical imperative': Cardinal

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (CNS/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

The Vatican challenged countries gathered for the 24th UN Climate Change Conference to focus on the needs of the present and the future as it worked to take swift action. Source: The Tablet.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, addressed the conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland on Monday, and told participants, “We are standing before a challenge of civilisation for the benefit of the common good.”

“The Katowice meeting has the fundamental task of developing the Paris Agreement Work Program. This document should be a solid set of guidelines, rules and institutional mechanisms aimed at facilitating a fair and efficient implementation of the agreement, particularly at the national level,” the cardinal said, adding, “We are all aware how difficult this endeavour is.

“We know what we can do, and what we have to do becomes an ethical imperative.”

The cardinal said COP24’s guidelines should have “a clear ethical foundation,” including “advancing the dignity of the human person, alleviating poverty and promoting integral human development,” with “transparent, efficient and dynamic” measures.

“It is still possible to limit global warming, but to do so will require a clear, forward-looking and strong political will to promote as quickly as possible the process of transitioning to a model of development that is free from those technologies and behaviours that influence the over-production of greenhouse gas emissions,” Cardinal Parolin said.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said commitment to combat climate change was “felt in all religions,” and he praised the “very positive position” of Pope Francis on the issue.

“If one is a believer and one believes the world is created by God, it must be terrible to see human beings destroying God’s creation,” Mr Guterres added. “So, I think it’s perfectly normal that a religion that believes in the work of the Creator is totally against the destruction of the work of the Creator by human beings.”

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Cardinal tells COP24 climate needs present ‘challenge of civilisation’ (The Tablet)

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