United Nations Climate Conference | Pope and religious leaders launch joint appeal ahead of summit
The event is also focused on mobilizing funding and protecting vulnerable communities and natural habitats.
Pope Francis and dozens of religious leaders jointly call on governments to commit to ambitious goals at the upcoming United Nations climate conference, while pledging to do their part to bring their followers to adopt a more sustainable behavior.
The Pope hosted a one-day conference in the Vatican on Monday that was to culminate with the signing and delivery of the joint appeal to the president of the COP26 conference, Alok Sharma.
For religious leaders, caring for the environment is a moral imperative in order to preserve God’s creation for future generations and to support communities most vulnerable to climate change.
“Faith and Science: A Call for COP26” is the latest move to build momentum and outrage ahead of the October 31-November 12 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. It follows last week’s Milan Youth Summit and an earlier call from three Christian leaders: the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians around the world, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I .
They are joined on Monday by leaders from other major religious groups representing Sunni and Shia Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism and more.
The Dalai Lama is clearly absent. The Vatican has excluded the Tibetan spiritual leader from interfaith events for years in order not to upset China, and a call seeking to be heard by a big polluter like Beijing is no exception.
The Glasgow summit aims to secure more ambitious commitments to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius with the aim of keeping it at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The event is also focused on mobilizing funding and protecting vulnerable communities and natural habitats.
Pope Francis’ presence is widely expected, although the Vatican has yet to confirm his presence.
The Vatican event was co-hosted by the Holy See and the two countries leading the Glasgow summit: Great Britain and Italy, which currently lead the Group of 20.