Pope Francis: Climate Denial “Perverse”. But We Knew That.

November 20, 2017



VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Denying climate change or being indifferent to its effects are “perverse attitudes” that block research and dialogue aimed at protecting the future of the planet, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Francis, a strong defender of environmental protection, made his comments in a message to ministers meeting in Bonn to work out a rule book for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to move the world economy off fossil fuels.

“We have to avoid falling into these four perverse attitudes, which certainly do not help honest research and sincere and productive dialogue on building the future of our planet: negation, indifference, resignation and trust in inadequate solutions,” he said.

Francis called climate change “one of the worst phenomena that our humanity is witnessing”.

He praised the Paris accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States planned to leave, for indicating what he called a “clear path of transition towards a model of economic development with little or no carbon consumption”.

The United States is the only country out of 195 signatories to have announced its intention to withdraw from the accord, which aims to cut emissions blamed for the rise in temperatures.

Trump announced the decision in June shortly after visiting the pope. At the time, a Vatican official said the move was a “slap in the face” for the pope and the Vatican.

Before his election, Trump labeled climate change a “hoax”.


One Response to “Pope Francis: Climate Denial “Perverse”. But We Knew That.”

  1. schwadevivre Says:

    As I observed on Twitter
    If anyone should know about perversion, it’s the Pope

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