With the coming of this year’s December 13th and the annual Angelus address, Pope Francis commented on the decisions taken at the COP21 held in Paris during the previous two weeks. The general idea of the conference was that every country will be tasked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically in the coming years, with rich countries helping the poor ones in order to achieve this goal.
After the Pope’s reading of the Gospel, he gave his utmost approval of the agreements taken between the 150 nation leaders present at the COP21 discussing climate change. But Pope Francis has also stated the need of the conference participating nations to focus on poor countries as well as those suffering from a high degree of vulnerability towards environmental disasters, as well as social ones.
Even if the agreement has started a historic change towards a better future for all of human society, this change will be slowed if an emphasis towards helping everyone along the way is not present. The Pope claimed once again how all of humankind is one big family, with each member tasked with the family’s overall protection.
His words are true indeed, as the effect of global warming and climate change will be seen across our planet. If a global urge to change is not present, everyone will suffer the consequences. Even though Pope Francis also urged people to convert to Catholicism, his usual open-mindedness seen throughout his predication as well as his numerous public addresses was still present.
His Holiness’s flexibility and general composure have been seen by many, be they of faith or agnostic, as extremely favorable. Up to this point, Pope Francis has been one of the best Popes when it comes to understanding human society’s current mentality and technological advancement. His humble approach towards his position and influence is also seen as a very big plus.
The Pope’s focus on poor countries is based on the fact that though they have the lowest emissions of greenhouse gases which create global warming, they will be the countries which will feel the full force of this event. Outbreaks of various diseases, lack of food supply, the threat of floods and wildfires are all possible outcomes for third world countries across the Earth.
Pope Francis has also urged the participants of the approaching international trade conference which will be held this December 15th. He focused on the same elements as before, asking them to give priority to the help of the aforementioned vulnerable targets in order to gain benefits for the whole “human family” as the Pope calls it.
Taking into account Pope Francis commented on the decisions taken at the COP21 held in Paris in an extremely favorable manner, it shows that the Catholic Church backs up the agreements reached at said conference even more. This is to no surprise because climate change will impact the Church as well as all the institutions currently present worldwide.