Pope calls on lawmakers to ‘fine tune’ partisan politics to tackle climate change
Pope FrancisPope Francis Photos of the Week: Manchin, California oil spill and podium dog The Hill’s Morning Report – Featured by Facebook – Senate nears surprise deal to raise short-term debt ceiling Saturday called on lawmakers to abandon what he called “narrow” partisan politics and tackle climate change ahead of the annual United Nations climate conference.
“In meeting this challenge, everyone has a role to play,” Francis told lawmakers in several countries, The Associated Press reported. “That of political and government leaders is particularly important, if not crucial. “
“This demanding change of leadership will require great wisdom, great foresight and concern for the common good: in short, the fundamental virtues of good policy,” he added.
The “narrow limits” of policy must be overcome for climate change, Francis said. The annual climate conference is scheduled to start on October 31 in Scotland.
Francis previously said he would be at COP26 conference but recently withdrew without explanation, according to the AP. However, the Pope had bowel surgery in July and is still recovering.
Saturday’s speech comes after Francis and other religious leaders signed an appeal for the climate Monday.
“We inherited a garden; we must not leave a desert for our children ”, specifies the appeal.
Francis has been an active advocate for climate change work, recently congratulate the young activists who pressured world leaders to act.
“This vision is able to challenge the adult world, because it reveals that you are prepared not only for action, but also for patient listening, constructive dialogue and mutual understanding,” Francis told activists in a video. .