Vatican confirmed this week that Pope Francis'
encyclical letter on the environment is now finalized and is being
translated, with an expected release date in June. An
encyclical letter is considered the most important form of papal
teaching. This will be the first-ever encyclical entirely devoted
to the environment, and it is expected to call for urgent action to
limit greenhouse gas emissions.
At the conclusion of the summit, more than 100 world leaders
issued a statement in which they say decisive action to deal with
climate change is "a moral and religious imperative for
Climate change deniers have reacted angrily to the
Pope's planned encyclical. Could it have a major impact on
climate denial in the US?
Full text: Declaration of Religious Leaders, Political Leaders,
Business Leaders, Scientists and Development Practitioners (28
We the undersigned have assembled at the Pontifical
Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences to address the challenges
of human-induced climate change, extreme poverty, and social
marginalisation, including human trafficking, in the context of
sustainable development. We join together from many faiths and
walks of life, reflecting humanity's shared yearning for peace,
happiness, prosperity, justice, and environmental sustainability.
We have considered the overwhelming scientific evidence regarding
human-induced climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the
vulnerabilities of the poor to economic, social, and environmental
In the face of the emergencies of human-induced climate
change, social exclusion, and extreme poverty, we join together to
declare that: Human-induced climate change is a scientific
reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious
imperative for humanity; In this core moral space,
the world's religions play a very vital role. These
traditions all affirm the inherent dignity of every individual
linked to the common good of all humanity.
They affirm the beauty, wonder, and inherent goodness of the
natural world, and appreciate that it is a precious gift entrusted
to our common care, making it our moral duty to respect rather than
ravage the garden that is our home; The poor and excluded face dire
threats from climate disruptions, including the increased frequency
of droughts, extreme storms, heat waves, and rising sea levels; The
world has within its technological grasp, financial means, and
know-how the means to mitigate climate change while also ending
extreme poverty, through the application of sustainable development
solutions including the adoption of low-carbon energy systems
supported by information and communications technologies;The
financing of sustainable development, including climate mitigation,
should be bolstered through new incentives for the transition
towards low-carbon energy, and through the relentless pursuit of
peace, which also will enable the shift of public financing from
military spending to urgent investments for sustainable
The world should take note that the climate summit in Paris
later this year (COP21) may be the last effective opportunity to
negotiate arrangements that keep human- 2 induced warming below
2-degrees C, and aim to stay well below 2-degree C for safety, yet
the current trajectory may well reach a devastating 4-degrees C or
higher; Political leaders of all UN member states have a special
responsibility to agree at COP21 to a bold climate agreement that
confines global warming to a limit safe for humanity, while
protecting the poor and the vulnerable from ongoing climate change
that gravely endangers their lives.
The high-income countries should help to finance the costs
of climate-change mitigation in low-income countries as the
high-income countries have promised to do; Climate-change
mitigation will require a rapid world transformation to a world
powered by renewable and other low-carbon energy and the
sustainable management of ecosystems. These transformations should
be carried out in the context of globally agreed Sustainable
Development Goals, consistent with ending extreme poverty; ensuring
universal access for healthcare, quality education, safe water, and
sustainable energy; and cooperating to end human trafficking and
all forms of modern slavery; All sectors and stakeholders must do
their part, a pledge that we fully commit to in our individual
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