Pope Francis and dozens of religious leaders on Monday signed a joint appeal to governments to commit to ambitious targets at the upcoming U.N. climate conference. The appeal was crafted over months of discussions among religious leaders and scientists. The Monday event The event was a global gathering of faith leaders in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican. They vowed to promote environmentally aware educational and cultural initiatives and to urge their faithful to lead more sustainable lifestyles. The Vatican event was jointly organized by the Holy See and the two countries leading the push ahead of the Glasgow summit: Britain and Italy. The religious argumentation is based on the duty we have to preserve „the garden” we inherited. For the religious leaders, care for the environment is a moral imperative to preserve God’s creation. The Glasgow summit during Oct. 31-Nov. 12 aims to secure more ambitious commitments to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius with a goal of keeping it to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The event also will ask on mobilizing financing and protecting vulnerable communities and natural habitats.
In early message this year, on the Earth Day, Pope Francis insisted „the time to take action is now.” “We need to ensure that the environment is cleaner, purer and that it is conserved. We must care for nature so that nature may care for us.”