Act now on climate change: Vatican

The Vatican's undersecretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, has said countries must not waste time worrying, but instead do something concrete to ensure a healthy future for the earth.

AsiaNews reports that he told the United Nations that states have a "shared responsibility" to protect the planet, to ensure that "present and future generations" are "able to live in a healthy and safe environment."

Mgr Parolin was expressing the Vatican's views at a high-level UN meeting on climate change titled The Future is in Our Hands.

He said: "Those who hold up the earth as the only good, and would characterise humanity as an irredeemable threat to the earth, whose population and activity need to be controlled by various drastic means," believe in an "inhuman ecology."

He added that states are free to adopt international conventions and treaties, but "unless our words are matched with effective action and accountability, we would do little to avert a bleak future and may find ourselves gathering again not too long from now to lament another collective failure."

Holy See urges "shared responsibility" for the climate changes affecting the planet (AsiaNews, 25/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
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26 Sep 2007