Pope Francis praised young environmental activists’ determination to address climate issues in a video presented at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy on Tuesday, ahead of the U.N. Cop26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
The three-day summit gathered 400 climate activists from 180 countries and produced recommendations for the major weeks-long international conference in Scotland beginning Oct. 31 intended to address global climate issues.
“Dear young people, I would like to thank you for your dreams and good projects and for the fact that you are as concerned about human relations as you are about caring for the environment,” The Pope, a supporter of the Paris agreement, said to the activists in the recorded video message.
“It is a concern that is good for everyone. This vision is capable of challenging the adult world for it reveals that you are prepared not only for action, but also for patient listening constructive dialogue and mutual understanding,” he said.