“It is time to work together to stop the ecological catastrophe before it’s too late,” the anti-capitalist pontiff told Bill at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). “Let us stop while there is still time, please.”
In his message for the September 1 Feast of Creation, the Pope said it is “absurd to permit the continued exploration and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructures,” he declared . “Let us raise our voices to halt this injustice towards the poor and towards our children, who will bear the worst effects of climate change.”
“The unrestrained burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of forests are pushing temperatures higher and leading to massive droughts,” Francis stated, a product of “consumerist greed, fueled by selfish hearts.”
“Predatory industries are depleting and polluting our freshwater sources through extreme practices such as fracking for oil and gas extraction, unchecked mega-mining projects, and intensive animal farming,” and “richer nations have contracted an ‘ecological debt’ that must be paid” to poorer nations.
“Let us heed our call to stand with the victims of environmental and climate injustice, and to put an end to the senseless war against creation,” he said.