Pope warns oil executives: Climate change may ‘destroy civilization’

Pope warns oil executives: Climate change may ‘destroy civilization’ | TheHill

Pope warns oil executives: Climate change may ‘destroy civilization’ | TheHill

Pope Francis on Saturday addressed participants at a Vatican conference dedicated to the need for a transition to clean energy.

He also pointed out that as many as 1 billion people lack electricity and that the world needed energy solutions that combated pollution, eliminated poverty and promoted social justice.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the architects of "Laudato Si'", as the pope's encyclical is known, opened the conference Friday at Casino Pio IV, a villa that houses the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Pope Francis asked Saturday that major oil and gas companies respect the 2015 Paris climate agreement to help protect the poor from global warming.

It was exclusively dedicated to the climate change issues and entitled the topic as "One of the Principal Challenges facing Humanity in our Day".

"But that energy should also be clean, by a reduction in the systematic use of fossil fuels", he said, adding that a side effect of increasing access to energy can not be "the undesired effect of a spiral of extreme climate changes".

Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with Youth Eucharistic Movement at the Vatican in August 2015.


The pope's latest push for clean energy came after environmentalists and aid agencies urged oil executives to heed his repeated warnings about global warming.

Francis said that modern society with its "massive movement of information, persons and things requires an vast supply of energy".

The oil and gas industry has faced increased pressure from investors and ecological activists to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as outlined in the 2016 Paris climate agreement. He said that those responsible for the world's energy supplies should work to provide efficient energy for all people while protecting the planet, especially from climate change.

The Pope had a meeting recently with the officials from ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and Norway's State Oil Company Equinor.

Though oil and gas companies had made "commendable" progress and were "developing more careful approaches to the assessment of climate risk and adjusting their business practices accordingly", he said, those actions were not enough. MORE pulled the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord.

"The need to expand spaces for human activities can not be met in ways that would seriously endanger our own existence or that of other living species on earth", he said. "Yet the effects of climate change are not evenly distributed".

"This is a challenge of epochal proportions", he said. He went on to talk about the difficulties faced by the poor because of things like water shortages and extreme weather that forces them to migrate.

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