Pope Francis told leaders of global oil and gas companies that “time is running out” to solve the climate crisis, saying “decisive action” must be taken.
Last Friday, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development organized a summit with leaders from global fossil fuel corporations on the theme of “Energy Transition and Care for our Common Home.”
Pope Francis said we are at a “critical moment,” that the climate crisis “threatens the very future of the human family.” He highlighted the release of a report by the IPCC warning of catastrophic consequences if climate change is not contained within the decade.
Of critical importance is to recognize that the poor disproportionally “suffer the worst impacts of the climate crisis.”
“The poor are those most vulnerable to hurricanes, droughts, floods and other extreme climatic events.”
The Holy Father made a call to “decisive action, here and now” in “order to avoid perpetrating a brutal act of injustice towards the poor and future generations.” He outlined three discussion points: a “just transition,” carbon pricing, and transparency in reporting climate risk.
“Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generation’s irresponsibility.”
He declared that “time is running out!” He called for a “radical transition” that “must go beyond mere exploration of what can be done, and concentrate on what needs to be done.” Concluding, he said not all hope is lost because there “remains time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, provided there is prompt and resolute action.”
Read Pope Francis’ full address to the summit here.