Hurricane Irma, ravaged the Florida coast as a tropical storm. Pope Francis doubled down on his condemnations of those who choose to ignore the mounting evidence of the impacts of global warming.
Pope Francis has sharply criticised climate change deniers as “stupid” in the wake of a spate of powerful hurricanes that have wreaked havoc in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Responding to questions from an Italian journalist on board his flight home from Colombia, Francis said that the halting response to climate change reminded him of a “phrase from the Old Testament — man is a fool, a stubborn man who will not see”: an apparent reference to Proverbs 12, a section of the Bible that condemns those who resist correction in matters of knowledge.
Later, he added in a more pointed jab at climate deniers: “Anyone who denies [climate change] should go to the scientists and ask them. They speak very clearly … climate change is having an effect, and scientists are telling us which path to follow. And we have a responsibility — all of us. Everyone, great or small, has a moral responsibility … we must take it seriously … history will judge our decision.”
Francis is one of the world’s most high-profile campaigners on environmental issues, actively supporting efforts to combat climate change and its consequences.He said individuals and politicians had a “moral responsibility” to act on advice from scientists, who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of “catastrophic” warming. Pope launches thinly veiled attack on Trump. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly made a case sceptical of the existence of climate change.In June, Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement, which binds countries to national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Vatican had urged him to stay in the accord. A Vatican official said at the time that the U.S. move was a “slap in the face” for the Pope and the Vatican.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked at a briefing Monday on disaster relief if Trump has given any thought to reviewing his decision to leave the Paris accord. She responded she is “not sure” and that for now his administration is focused on relief efforts.