Pope Francis invites oil bosses to the Vatican and tells them that they must switch to clean energy

The Pope told leaders including from BP, Exxon Mobil, Statoil and Anglo-American: “There should be no room for opportunistic and cynical efforts to gain small partial results in the short run while shifting equally significant costs and damages to future generations …Civilization requires energy, but energy must not be used to destroy civilization.”

“The transition to accessible and clean energy is a duty that we owe towards millions of our brothers and sisters around the world, poorer countries and generations yet to come.”

He quoted from Laudato Si: “There is no time to lose: We received the Earth as a garden home from the Creator; let us not pass it on to future generations as a wilderness.”

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2 comments

  1. Yee-Chang Feng from Taiwan says:
    The 76 Nobel Laureates’ Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change says: ”Based on the IPCC assessment, the world must make rapid progress towards lowering current and future greenhouse gas emissions to minimize the substantial risks of climate change…Failure to act will subject future generations of humanity to unconscionable and unacceptable risk.”
    (Source: http://www.lindau-nobel.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Mainau-Declaration-2015-EN.pdf )
    378 Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (incl. 30 Nobel Laureates) published an open letter to draw the public attention to the serious risks of climate change on 20 Sept. 2016 , declaring: “Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s Climate.” (Source: http://responsiblescientists.org/)
    Burning fossil fuels dumps greenhouse gases like CO2 and incurs heat waves, wild fires, drought, extreme weather, rise of sea level & seawater temperature, polar ice melting, warmer earth surface… The global cost of air pollution is 5.5 million deaths and $5.225 trillion economy/ welfare losses a year. (Source: World Bank: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25013)
    Rapidly and efficaciously reducing current and future greenhouse gas emissions is the only solution for climate impacts, as there is no plan B because we do not have planet B.

  2. Yee-Chang Feng from Taiwan says:
    The 76 Nobel Laureates’ Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change says: ”Based on the IPCC assessment, the world must make rapid progress towards lowering current and future greenhouse gas emissions to minimize the substantial risks of climate change…Failure to act will subject future generations of humanity to unconscionable and unacceptable risk.”
    (Source: http://www.lindau-nobel.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Mainau-Declaration-2015-EN.pdf )
    378 Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (incl. 30 Nobel Laureates) published an open letter to draw the public attention to the serious risks of climate change on 20 Sept. 2016 , declaring: “Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s Climate.” (Source: http://responsiblescientists.org/)
    Burning fossil fuels dumps greenhouse gases like CO2 and incurs heat waves, wild fires, drought, extreme weather, rise of sea level & seawater temperature, polar ice melting, warmer earth surface… The global cost of air pollution is 5.5 million deaths and $5.225 trillion economy/ welfare losses a year. (Source: World Bank: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25013)
    Rapidly and efficaciously reducing current and future greenhouse gas emissions is the only solution for climate impacts, as there is no plan B because we do not have planet B.

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