François offers his encouragement to COP27 delegates on climate change
Writers and Vatican News
Pope Francis offered his encouragement to delegates at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt as they pursue an agenda to protect the global environment.
Speaking at the Angelus on Sunday, the pope said he hoped COP27 would produce lasting fruit in the name of tackling climate change.
“I would like to recall the COP27 climate summit that took place in Egypt. I hope that steps forward will be taken with courage and determination, in the wake of the Paris agreements.
The Pope also recalled the Laudato Si’ Platform for Action, which was created to consolidate efforts to implement his 2015 encyclical on the care of our common home.
He noted that yesterday marked the first anniversary of the platform, which “promotes ecological conversion and lifestyles compatible with it” and is overseen by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Pope Francis said there were around 6,000 participants in the initiative, including individuals, families, associations, businesses and religious, cultural and health institutions.
“It’s a great start to a seven-year journey to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. I encourage this crucial mission for the future of humanity, so that it arouses in everyone a concrete commitment to the care of Creation.
Over the coming week, ministers attending COP27 will try to break the deadlock on a range of issues and ensure the world does not give up on climate ambitions.
In total, about 200 countries are negotiating next steps to reduce emissions that cause global warming.
During his speech last Friday, US President Joe Biden said the United States viewed its mission to avert climate catastrophe not just as an imperative but through “the eyes of history”. He said “the very life of the planet” was at stake.
During the first week, the World Bank announced the creation of the Global Shield Financing Facility to help countries suffering heavy economic losses due to disasters induced by climate change.
Germany is committing about $170 million to the project, while other countries, including Austria, have provided a total of $225 million.
Meanwhile, activists staged a march inside the COP27 conference center. The group chanted slogans such as “no climate justice without human rights”.