Ban Ki-Moon delivered his keynote speech yesterday to a proverbial who's-who of religious leaders at the Vatican hosted conference on climate change. In preparation for Pope Francis' climate encyclical, scheduled to release in the next month or so, UN officials and interfaith leaders gathered to discuss its content. Focusing heavily on coal production, one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases, the unified coalition is the mark of a new era in climate change.
The corhort is particularly profound because it demonstrates not just that leaders of all backgrounds are concerned about climate change, rather that they share a moral propensity to care for creation because at its core, climate action is about caring for people.
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By Stephanie Kirchgaessner for The Guardian
Increasing use of fossil fuels is disrupting Earth on an “almost unfathomable scale”, a top Vatican official has said, warning that a “full conversion” of hearts and minds is needed if global warming is to be conquered.
The statement by Cardinal Peter Turkson, Pope Francis’s point man for peace and justice issues, was made at a Vatican summit on Tuesday, which focused on climate change and poverty. His call for a moral awakening of politicians and people of faith is a likely precursor to the highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, which was drafted by Turkson and which Pope Francis is expected to release in June.