Pope Pleas For Climate Change Agreement, Warns Earth Is ‘At Brink Of Suicide’

During a visit to the State House of Nairobi on Monday, Pope Francis gave an impassioned speech for nations to strike a deal addressing climate change, and warned that “we are at the limits of suicide.”

Speaking in Kenya a few days ago, Pope Francis also warned that there is a “grave environmental crisis” facing the world, and stated that leaders must come together to promote “responsible models of economic development.”

Francis told the press while aboard the papal plane returning to Rome following his speech in Nairobi:

“I am not sure, but I can say to you ‘now or never.’ Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.”

His remarks were aimed at environmental negotiations underway in Paris where nearly 150 world leaders are attending the United Nations environmental summit.

He also stated that he prays that the group of leaders will have the “good will” to do it and cited issues with a glacial melt happening in Greenland causing 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.

Pope Francis has consistently pushed for Catholics to pay attention to the issue of climate change, a topic which he is intensely passionate about.

Earlier this year, he also published a thesis on the topic, laying the blame for global warming on the shoulders of mankind.

“I don’t know if it is all [man’s fault] but the majority is, for the most part, it is man who continuously slaps down nature,” he said in January. “I think man has gone too far… thank God that today there are voices that are speaking out about this.”

The climate negotiations are due to conclude on December 11.

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