Pope Francis’ Environmental Views – In a meeting with scientist at the Vatican, the pontiff unequivocally states that salvaging the planet from dangerous effects of climate change lies largely with science at this time.
He says there has “never been such a clear need for science” to help humanity protect the earth.
He said that politicians and world leaders have not taken a significant move in ensuring the safety of the planet, thus the next most efficient people to do the job are no other than the scientists.
“It is worth noting that international politics has reacted weakly — albeit with some praiseworthy exceptions — regarding the concrete will to seek the common good and universal goods, and the ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded.”
On that, it is brought to notice that while the Holy Father believes in climate change, President-elect Donald Trump does not.
Trump has hinted on his plans to cancel U.S. participation in the international climate accord which was signed last year in Paris. The treaty saw to the pledge of nations to check and reduce carbon emissions in subsequent years.
From the start of his administration Pope Francis’ environmental views has always been known. He has always preached the gospel of respecting nature and protecting the planet.
Last year he wrote an encyclical on climate change. In it he addressed both the political and economic circumstances surrounding it.
He expressed his dismay with the slow pace at which international politics was moving, in tackling global warming. He says the delay is a proof of how politics has fallen prey “to a technology and an economy which seek profit above all else.”
Noting the above, Pope Francis urges scientist to independently lead in the dire need of making the earth as green as it should be.
“I would say that it falls to scientists, who work free of political, economic or ideological interests, to develop a cultural model which can face the crisis of climatic change and its social consequences.”