Monday, November 30, 2015

Pope Francis: The World Is Near ‘Suicide’ On Climate Change; ‘It’s Now Or Never’

Pope Francis: The world is near ‘suicide’ on climate change; ‘it’s now or never’


Pope Francis on Monday urged environmental negotiators meeting in Paris to strike a deal to address climate change, warning that the world is "at the limits of suicide."
"I am not sure, but I can say to you 'now or never'," he told a group of reporters aboard the papal plane, en route home from Africa, according to Reuters. "Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide."
The pope's comments come as nearly 150 world leaders and others descend on Paris for a United Nations-sponsored environmental summit.
Francis accused politicians of having "done little" to deal with the growing problem, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
"I am sure they have the good will to do it. And I wish that it will be so, and I pray for this," he said.
He specifically cited problems associated with glacial melt in Greenland and rising sea levels in low-lying countries. Just a few days ago, Francis warned of a "grave environmental crisis" facing the world.
He is far from alone. Speaking at the summit, President Obama on Monday quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in warning that “there is such a thing as being too late.”
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