Pope Francis makes landmark intervention with first-ever joint statement over 'survival'

POPE FRANCIS has made a landmark intervention with the first-ever joint statement from the main Christian churches about the “survival” of the earth.

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A Vatican press statement has described the Pontiff’s warning about the urgency to tackle climate change. The statement read: “For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the , its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation. Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby urge everyone to play their part in ‘choosing life’ for the future of the planet.”

The joint statement asked people to pray for world leaders ahead of the COP26 climate summit in November.

The statement read: “We call on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to endeavour to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behaviour and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us.”

The statement added: “Today, we are paying the price.

“Tomorrow could be worse.

Pope Francis has released a joint-statement

Pope Francis has released a joint-statement (Image: GETTY)

“This is a critical moment.

“Our children’s future and the future of our common home depend on it.”

The three Christian leaders spoke against injustice and inequality, saying: “We stand before a harsh justice: biodiversity loss, environmental degradation and climate change are the inevitable consequences of our actions since we have greedily consumed more of the earth’s resources than the planet can endure.

“But we also face a profound injustice: the people bearing the most catastrophic consequences of these abuses are the poorest on the planet and have been the least responsible for causing them.”

Pope Francis has released a joint-statement

Pope Francis has released a joint-statement (Image: Reuters)

The statement calls on people to take three distinct actions.

One of the actions is to “pray for world leaders ahead of COP26”.

Another action asks individuals to “make meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the planet, working together and taking responsibility for how we use our resources.”

Also, it adds that “for those with far-reaching responsibilities, to choose people-centred profits and lead the transition to just and sustainable economies.”

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Boris Johnson will join the climate change discussions in Scotland (Image: GETTY)

The news comes as more than 200 health journals worldwide have published an editorial calling on leaders to action to tackle climate change and to protect the health of the world.

The editorial, which is being published before the UN general assembly and the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, read: “Ahead of these pivotal meetings, we the editors of health journals worldwide call for urgent action to keep average global temperature increases below 1.5C, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.

“Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world, a state of affairs health professionals have been bringing attention to for decades.

“The science is unequivocal; a global increase of 1.5C above the pre-industrial average and the continued loss of biodiversity risk catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.

“Despite the world’s necessary preoccupation with Covid-19, we cannot wait for the pandemic to pass to rapidly reduce emissions.

“Reflecting the severity of the moment, this editorial appears in health journals across the world.

“We are united in recognising that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory.”

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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