March 8, 2015
GENEVA (CNS) — No one is exempt from either the impacts of climate change or the moral responsibility to act to address this global concern, a Vatican official told members of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
“Our concern for the common good of the planet, and for humanity, urges us to recognize our sense of interdependence with both nature and one another,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, told the council March 6.
“While science continues to research the full implications of climate change, the virtue of prudence calls us to take the responsibility to act to reduce the potential damages, particularly for those individuals who live in poverty, for those who live in very vulnerable climate impact areas, and for future generations,” he said. He noted Pope Francis’ statement that “on climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.”