President Calderón Welcomes Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change

"Global warming and climate change may be issues that belong in the realm of science but the human activities with which they are associated must be subject to ethics. When in the book of Genesis we were entrusted with God´s Creation, we were made responsible for its well-being. Climate change affects not only Creation, but also our neighbors - our fellow men, women and children – who are already impacted by droughts, hunger, and hurricanes," said President Felipe Calderón, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate. "If we do not act now, it will be them, the poor, the hungry, that will suffer most. In “Better Growth, Better Climate” we showed how we can boost the kind of economic growth that can reduce poverty while combatting climate change. But to achieve this we must take bold decisions. This is why the Papal Encyclical is so opportune and welcome, because we all need its guidance as we face the most important challenges of the 21st Century, particularly climate change and poverty."

In photo, from left to right: His Holiness Pope Francis, Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, President Felipe Calderon, HE Liliane Ploumen, Paul Polman, Naina Lal Kidwai, Andrew Steer, Jeremy Oppenheim. This photo is from “The New Climate Economy: How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go hand in Hand",  a dialogue which took place May 20th at the Pontificia Universita Della Santa Croce in Rome. Photo by © L'Osservatore Romano

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