Catholics to U.N. summit: Warmer temperatures are just part of the problem

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November 10, 2015

Protesters chant and display signs during a mid-June climate change rally in Washington. Faith-based environmental advocates will be among thousands of people in Paris for a rally Nov. 29, a day ahead of the opening of the U.N. climate change conference, to push world leaders for a definitive agreement on carbon emissions with the goal of slowing climate change. (CNS photo/Shawn Thew, EPA) See COP21-CATHOLICS Nov. 11, 2015.

Protesters chant and display signs during a mid-June climate change rally in Washington. Faith-based environmental advocates will be among thousands of people in Paris for a rally Nov. 29, a day ahead of the opening of the U.N. climate change conference, to push world leaders for a definitive agreement on carbon emissions with the goal of slowing climate change. (CNS photo/Shawn Thew, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Yeb Sano, former climate change commissioner for Philippines, is so concerned about global warming that he and other Catholic pilgrims are walking 900 miles from Rome to Paris for the U.N. climate change conference.

It’s time, Sano believes, for world leaders to sign a binding agreement that helps reduce the impact of climate change.

The walkers left Rome at the end of September and plan to arrive in time for the summit, which runs Nov. 30-Dec. 11. Before leaving from St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sano briefly met Pope Francis, whose encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” champions how a change of heart is necessary to protect the earth and all its inhabitants.

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