Just when you thought 2015 climate action couldn't get any better, the Vatican announced plans to host a climate change conference on April 28, 2015. With the Pope's Climate Encyclical anticipated to release in the coming months, he has organized a global effort to discuss the moral implications of climate change, with the help of UN Chief, Ban Ki-Moon.

Pope Franics has been leading the march to COP21 with continual insistence that Catholics act for the climate, but it's important to remember that climate change has been a moral issue addressed by the Catholic Church for over twenty years.

Conferences such as this are a great opportunity for change, but more importantly, speak to the influence that today's faith leaders have on the issue of climate change.


Pope Francis Throws the Weight of His Office Behind Tackling Cimate Change

By David Gibson for Religious News Service

NEW YORK (RNS) The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The meeting, which the Vatican detailed on its website late Tuesday (April 14), is another sign of Pope Francis’ “green agenda” and another potential red flag for conservatives who are already alarmed over an expected papal teaching document on the environment that is scheduled for release this summer.

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