(Telegraph) – Pope Francis: Hurricanes Show Humanity Will ‘go down’ if it does not Address Climate Change
Pope Francis has warned the recent spate of hurricanes should prompt people to understand that humanity will “go down” if it does not address climate change and history will judge those who deny the science on its causes.
Francis said history will judge those who deny the science on its causes and that “if we don’t turn back, we will go down”. He also chastised politicians who doubt man-made climate change, saying they have a moral responsibility to act and branding those who do not as “stupid”.
Pope Francis smiles as he talks to journalists on board the flight back to Rome. He was slightly injured when his Popemobile abruptly braked during the visit to Colombia. Credit: AFP Doubters should study the evidence of global warming produced by scientists, which was “very clear”, he said.
The Pope made the remarks as he returned from a five-day trip to Colombia, flying over parts of the Caribbean which have been devastated by hurricanes in the past few days. “Those who deny this must go to the scientists and ask them. They speak very clearly,” he said. “These aren’t opinions pulled out of thin air.
“They are very clear, history would judge political leaders who failed to recognize man-made climate change as a threat,” he said.
Donald Trump has called the idea of man-made climate change a hoax and plans to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris agreement on combating global warming but the Pope did not mention him specifically. He had a blunt message for world leaders who impeded the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, quoting an Old Testament saying: “Man is stupid.”
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“When you don’t want to see, you don’t see,” he said.
Francis is believed to have urged President Trump not to abandon the Paris accord when the two leaders met at the Vatican in May. At the end of a 30-minute meeting, the Pope gave Mr Trump a copy of an encyclical he wrote on the environment.
The head of the Catholic Church emphasised that the treatise was about “the care of our common home, the environment,” to which the President replied: “Well, I’ll be reading it.”
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Pope Francis has established a tradition of conducting lengthy, wide-ranging discussions with the Vatican press corps when he returns from trips abroad, and his flight home from Colombia was no exception.
He urged President Trump to rethink his decision to end a scheme that protects so-called “Dreamers”, immigrants brought to the US illegally as children. “The president of the United States … presents himself as a man who is pro-life. If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and you have to defend its unity,” the Pope said.
The President’s intention to phase out the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme will affect around 800,000 people.