Pope urges COP to commit “without delay” to “global ecological conversion”


Pope Francis on Sunday called on the participants in COP 28 to commit "without delay to a necessary global ecological conversion", asking them to overcome "nationalisms" and "models of the past" to arrive at a "common vision".

“Even if it is from a distance, I am following with great attention the debates at COP 28 in Dubai (...) I renew my call to respond to climate change with concrete political changes,” said the convalescing Pope. of bronchitis having forced him to give up going to Dubai, in a text read by an assistant seated next to him in his private residence after the traditional Angelus prayer.

“Let us escape from the constraints of particularisms and nationalisms, from the models of the past and adopt a common vision, by committing ourselves all now and without delay to a necessary global ecological conversion,” added Francis, who still tired gave up his traditional appearance on Sunday at his window in the apostolic palace on Saint Peter's Square but whose images were broadcast on giant screens installed on the square.

He had already called on Saturday the participants in COP 28 for "a turning point" with a view to achieving "a decisive acceleration of the ecological transition", in a speech read by the Vatican's number two, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin , who represented him in Dubai.

Since his election in 2013, the Argentine pontiff has made the defense of the environment a leitmotif of his pontificate, to the point of devoting to it in 2015 his encyclical "Laudato si" ("Praised are you"), a manifesto of 200 pages for an “integral ecology”. 

Francis published a new text on climate on October 4, entitled “Laudate Deum” (“Praise God”), which calls on the great powers to abandon fossil fuels.

Writing (with AFP)

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