Decades of fruitful international cooperation on protecting the earth’s ozone layer serve as an important lesson for guiding collaboration needed today, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.
In a written message, the Pope expressed his hope that current agreements, “as well as other praiseworthy initiatives of the global community on care for our common home, can continue on this complex, challenging, but always stimulating path.”
The Pope’s message was addressed to those attending a meeting of state parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The protocol and later revisions aim for phasing out the production of substances known to deplete ozone in the stratosphere, which absorbs a large amount of harmful ultraviolent radiation reaching the earth’s surface.
Entering into force in 1989, it became “the first convention of the United Nations system to gain universal endorsement on the part of the entire family of nations, which today numbers 197 signatory states,” the Pope wrote.
This legally binding instrument has “yielded positive results” as many scientific studies have shown the thinning of the ozone layer is gradually being reduced, he wrote.
Pope Francis said this success effort offers the world lessons that we can learn from.
He said it is important to look at how the agreement “arose from a broad and fruitful cooperation among different sectors: the scientific community, the political world, economic and industrial actors and civil society” working together in dialogue with a clear sense of shared responsibility.
This shows that when there is this kind of cooperation, people can “achieve important outcomes, which make it simultaneously possible to safeguard creation, to promote integral human development and to care for the common good, in a spirit of responsible solidarity and with profound positive repercussions for present and future generations,” he said.
“We are living at a historic moment marked by challenges that are pressing yet stimulating for the creation of a culture effectively directed to the common good. This calls for the adoption of a farsighted vision on how most effectively to promote integral development for all the members of the human family, whether near or far in space or time,” he wrote.