Urging the world community to strategize ways to control climate change, Pope Francis said on Monday that it was “now or never” in the fight against global warming. The pope warned that the situation is “borderline suicide.”
Pope Francis’ comment came in a news conference after his six-day trip to Africa, a continent he said was a “martyr of exploitation.” Francis visited Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic during his trip. “Africa is a victim,” he said. “Africa has always been exploited by other powers … there are some countries that want only the great resources of Africa. But they don’t think about developing the countries, about creating jobs. Africa is martyr, a martyr of the exploitation of history.”
During his stop at the Central African Republican, the pope visited the nation’s sole pediatric hospital. He was told by the doctors that there was an insufficient supply of oxygen and that many children were destined to die because of malnutrition or malaria, as reported by Reuters. Pope Francis delivered medicines that were donated by a hospital in Rome.
When asked whether the U.N. climate summit in the French capital would prove to be a significant step towards combating global warming, the pope said it was “now or never,” adding that “the problems are getting worse” every year. “We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide,” he said. He also spoke about the glaciers in Greenland that are retreating and the low lying areas threatened by rising sea levels. “I am sure that the (Paris delegates) have goodwill to do something. I hope it turns out this way and I am praying that it will,” he said.
Although the Kyoto Protocol on climate change was adopted in 1997, he said, “little has been accomplished.”
As reported by Yahoo News, issues like poverty, migration, sickness and war are attributed to global warming, Pope Francis says.