Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy

Latest news

    Pope Francis arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, on 23 May 2018Image copyright Reuters
    Image caption The Pope has taken the business world to task on issues ranging from poverty to tax haven

    Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of “epochal proportions” and that the world must convert to clean fuel.

    “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he said.

    He was speaking to a group of oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican.

    Firms present included ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Norway’s Equinor and Pemex of Mexico.

    Modern society with its “massive movement of information, persons and things requires an immense supply of energy”, he told the gathering.

    “But that energy should also be clean, by a reduction in the systematic use of fossil fuels,” he said.

    “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.”

    The world needed to come up with an energy mix that combated pollution, eliminated poverty and promoted social justice, he added.

    As many as one billion people still lack electricity, he said.

    Under Pope Francis’ leadership, the church has moved to confront the business world on a range of subjects from poverty to tax havens and complex financial securities.

    Pope Francis on climate change

    2017

    “You can see the effects of climate change with your own eyes and scientists tell us clearly the way forward.

    “All of us have a responsibility. All of us. Some small, some big. A moral responsibility, to accept opinions, or make decisions. I think it is not something to joke about.”

    Quoting from the Old Testament, he then said: “Man is stupid, a stubborn, blind man.

    “Those who deny it [climate change] should go to the scientists and ask them. They are very clear, very precise.”

    2015

    “We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her [the Earth] at will.

    “The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.

    “We need only take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair.

    “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.”

    The unprecedented conference brought together oil executives, investors and Vatican experts who, like the Pope, back scientific opinion that climate change is caused by human activity and that global warming must be curbed, Reuters reports.

    It is being held behind closed doors at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, in a secluded 16th-Century villa in the Vatican gardens.

    Called Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home, it has been organised by the Catholic University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

    Growing energy demands

    Consumption of oil and gas is expected to grow, according to analysts, remaining the world’s largest sources of energy for the foreseeable future.

    ExxonMobil alone has announced plans to increase oil production in the US and start more than two dozen projects worldwide, adding more than one million oil-equivalent barrels per day.

    The firm says it has taken steps to reduce emissions in its own operations, spending $9bn on the effort since 2000.

    But it maintains that growing demand for energy cannot be met by alternatives like wind and solar power alone.

    Renewable sources provided about 18% of energy consumed in 2015, with forms like solar, wind and hydropower representing less than 10%, according to the International Energy Agency.

    That share is expected to grow to just 15% by 2030, it said.

    View the original article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44424572

    The US Energy Information Administration expects oil and other liquids to continue to account for almost a third of energy until 2040.

    In the same category are

    Bomb threat closes London’s Charing Cross station Image copyright Alan Buckingham Image caption Armed police were at the scene A man on the tracks claiming to have a bomb forced the evacuation of ...
    Home and Away’s Orpheus Pledger helped stop street attack Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Orpheus Pledger plays Mason Morgan on Home and Away Home and Away actor Orpheus Pledger has described h...
    Sophie Gradon: ITV2 leads tributes to ex-Love Island star Image copyright PA Image caption Gradon was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009 ITV2 has led tributes to former Love Island cont...
    World Cup 2018: Germany walking a tightrope – Cesc Fabregas column It is a different feeling once you have lost your first game at the World Cup - Germany's players will know that now.Straight away the pressure is on...
    Danny Cipriani: ‘For me it’s always been about playing for England,’ says returning fly-half Danny Cipriani came off the bench last Saturday to win just his 15th cap for EnglandThird Test: South Africa v EnglandVenue: Newlands Stadium, Cape T...
    News Daily: Airbus fears, Commons gagging and Melania’s jacket Hello. Here's your morning briefing:'Dawning reality' of Brexit Image copyright Getty Images Aviation giant Airbus, which employs about 14,000 people...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.