Traditional peoples hold key to healthy ecosystems, Vatican official says

By Barbara Fraser
June 4, 2021

The Earth's warming temperatures are having a disproportionate negative impact on Indigenous peoples, those of African descent and migrants, but their ancestral wisdom is essential to efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and preserve biodiversity, a top Vatican official said.

Speaking at a virtual conference May 27 sponsored by the Vatican and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Cardinal Peter Turkson, who heads the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said the world must “listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” and learn from those most affected by climate change.

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