On Sunday, Pope Francis declared that global warming goes against God’s plan and poses a substantial threat to all “life on earth.”
“Besides war, our world is threatened by another great danger, that of the climate, which puts life on Earth, especially for the future generations, at risk,” the pontiff stated in a written text, which was read aloud by his aide Monsignor Paolo Braida following the weekly Angelus prayer.
“And this is contrary to the plan of God, who created everything for life,” he added.
Driven by this apocalyptic concern, the pope mentioned that in the upcoming weekend, he plans to “go to the United Arab Emirates to speak at the COP 28 in Dubai,” despite a lung infection that led to the cancellation of several appointments over the weekend.
“I thank everyone who will accompany this journey with prayer and with the commitment to take to heart the preservation of the common home,” he concluded.
The fight against climate change has been a prominent feature of Francis’ decade-long papacy, and in October, he released an apostolic exhortation warning that the world “is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point” due to global warming.
In that letter, titled Laudate Deum (Praise God), the pontiff called out the United States by name, blaming an “irresponsible lifestyle” for fueling the climate crisis.
“If we consider that emissions per individual in the United States are about two times greater than those of individuals living in China and about seven times greater than the average of the poorest countries, we can state that a broad change in the irresponsible lifestyle connected with the Western model would have a significant long-term impact,” he wrote.
The pope criticized climate change “deniers,” insisting that it “no longer possible to doubt the human – ‘anthropic’ – origin of climate change.”
He pointed out that global warming is caused by “the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” currently measured at 423 parts per million as of June 2023.
“No one can ignore the fact that in recent years we have witnessed extreme weather phenomena, frequent periods of unusual heat, drought, and other cries of protest on the part of the earth that are only a few palpable expressions of a silent disease that affects everyone,” he declared.
“Despite all attempts to deny, conceal, gloss over, or relativize the issue, the signs of climate change are here and increasingly evident,” he stated.
Francis has often criticized a “politics of fear” and “alarmism” as enemies of the democratic process but has himself stoked fears of an impending climate apocalypse in order to incite people to action.
He has called the effects of climate change “catastrophic,” arguing that atmospheric warming is “a global problem with grave implications” and “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”
However, in August of this year, a coalition of over 1,600 distinguished scientists, including two Nobel Prize winners, released the “World Climate Declaration.” In this declaration, they explicitly asserted: “There is no climate emergency.”
“Climate science has degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science,” the scholars asserted, offering a number of reasons for their criticisms.
The Declaration stated, for instance, that climate models have proven insufficient in forecasting global warming, carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant, and climate change has not led to an increase in natural disasters.
“There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent,” the document stated. “However, there is ample evidence that CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly.”
“There is no climate emergency,” it concluded. “Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm.”
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