Pope Francis addressed several oil industry executives during a closed door climate change conference at the Vatican. The Pope expressed concerns about the economic and environmental fragility of the globe in relation to ongoing climate change. In this time when the work and findings of climate scientists are derided by some as a religious belief, the world, ironically to some, witnesses the religious leader of many of the world’s Christian followers echoing scientists’ concerns.
“Civilisation requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he told the group.
“We know that the challenges facing us are interconnected. If we are to eliminate poverty and hunger … the more than one billion people without electricity today need to gain access to it,” the pope told them.
“But that energy should also be clean, by a reduction in the systematic use of fossil fuels. Our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of extreme climate changes due to a catastrophic rise in global temperatures, harsher environments and increased levels of poverty.”