Pope Francis, in Earth Day messages, warns ‘we are at the edge’ on climate change

By Brian Roewe
April 22, 2021

In introducing Francis at the summit, Kerry said, “Few have used their voice in more profound fashion to shape the global climate movement than His Holiness, Pope Francis,” adding that “he not only helped make the Paris Agreement possible, but has continued to bring his humble message of justice and solidarity to so many of the world leaders gathered here today.”

During his Earth Day Live message, Francis said, “We are becoming more and more aware that nature deserves to be protected … with the utmost care and respect” for the planet's biodiversity. Once the destruction of nature is triggered, he added, it becomes difficult to stop.

“But we still have time,” he added, urging people and countries to work together toward innovations and new pathways to make the world a better place than before the pandemic.

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