Pope Francis: ‘Specter of Climate Change Looms over Every Aspect of Existence’

Pope Francis: ‘Specter of Climate Change Looms over Every Aspect of Existence’


ROME — Pope Francis warned Thursday that climate change has become a “planetary crisis,” and billions face “an extremely high risk of climate-related devastation.”

In an address to participants in a Vatican-sponsored climate summit, “From climate crisis to climate resilience,” the pontiff asserted that the data on climate change “is getting worse every year,” putting “all human beings in grave danger.”

Climate change, together with biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, global disparities, and food insecurity, poses “existential threats to humanity, to other living beings, and to all ecosystems,” the pope declared.

Wealthy nations are especially at fault for the warming earth, he contended, since the richest nations “produce more than half of the pollutants that trap heat.”

While the 46 least developed

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