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Future of humanity is at stake with climate change

Pope Francis said Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement to curb climate change caused him "a bit of pain because the future of humanity is at stake". The pope said he hoped Trump would re-think his position.
Source: Reuters on 2018 Trump Administration , Jun 20, 2018

Take forceful steps to reduce greenhouse gases

Pope Francis is˙not the first pontiff to insist˙that caring for the environment is a responsibility of every Christian. But he has been the most forceful, mincing no words in his often harsh and anguished calls for urgent action. Earlier this year, he issued the˙first-ever papal encyclical on the environment. The document made clear he intends to use the power of the papacy, magnified by his immense popular appeal, to press the world's political leaders to take forceful steps to reduce greenhouse gases. Here are some of the pope's strongest statements on the environment:
Source: National Geographic, "Pope's statements on Environment" , Sep 20, 2015

Calls for aggressive climate change action

Source: Washington Post coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 19, 2015

Global warming results from human activity

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment,˙released Thursday, said, "The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology, is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit. Yet all is not lost. Human beings are capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start."

"A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system, due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity.

The encyclical continued, "Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way. "We need to reject a magical conception of the market, which would suggest that the problems can be solved simply by an increase in the profits of companies or individuals."

Source: CNN.com, "Papal Encyclical on the Environment" , Jun 18, 2015

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