by Graham Pierrepoint
Pope Francis has been nothing short of a revelation since his rise to the position of leader of the Catholic Church. He’s been remarkably open, more so than his predecessors, on subjects ranging from homosexuality to atheism, and from controversies surrounding child abuse in the church to a wide range of global issues. Initially, until the pair met, he even shared a surprising word or two with Donald Trump – it’s safe to say that the Papal father has kept his finger firmly on the pulse of modern affairs for quite some time now.
He’s a vocal supporter of fighting against global warming – and, in a latest moment of public crusade, the Pope took a moment at a two-day conference between oil executives at the Vatican to put forward his concerns for the future of the planet. He has previously condemned those who remain sceptical about climate change – and has blamed global warming on the selfishness of humanity at large – so it’s little surprise that Pope Francis chose to discuss the energy crisis and the health of our environment with a very relevant audience.
▶ Pope Francis Asks Business Leaders To Begin Searching For Alternative Energy
Speaking in front of representatives from global firms such as BP, ExxonMobil, Equinor and Dutch Shell, the Pope was keen to profess that energy should not be the downfall of the world, or indeed civilization, around us. “Civilization requires energy – but energy use must not destroy civilization,” he advised. “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.” Certainly, poverty is a topic Pope Francis has also touched on before, too – and he has moved to allow the church to approach big business head-on with regard to a wide range of issues and factors currently impacting society on a global scale.
It’s the Pope’s wish that, while energy sources should still be pursued – and while our use of energy should not cease – we should look to alternative ways in which we can actively protect the future of our planet while continuing to live comfortably. The Pope stressed that poverty and social justice are both affected by the climate change crisis – and that action must be taken to ensure responsibility moving forwards. Who’s to say quite what will happen to our planet in the decades to come – but millions will likely be behind Pope Francis in the search for an antidote to the damage we have already caused to our world.