Reduce growth or perish, says Pope

(AGI) Vatican City, June 18 - Pope Francis tackled the risksposed by climate change and possible wars over dwindlingresources, in an encyclical. "We need also to think ofcontaining growth in some parts of the world and provideresources so that other parts of the world might have a healthygrowth," he said. The statement holds the solution to the manycomplex problems analysed by Pope Francis in the "Laudato Si"encyclical . It outlines an apocalyptic scenario in its 190pages. This follows his statement on a "third world war foughtin pieces", a possible environmental catastrophe

(AGI) Vatican City, June 18 - Pope Francis tackled the risksposed by climate change and possible wars over dwindlingresources, in an encyclical. "We need also to think ofcontaining growth in some parts of the world and provideresources so that other parts of the world might have a healthygrowth," he said. The statement holds the solution to the manycomplex problems analysed by Pope Francis in the "Laudato Si"encyclical . It outlines an apocalyptic scenario in its 190pages. This follows his statement on a "third world war foughtin pieces", a possible environmental catastrophe provoked bynuclear weapons. His statement says: "It is expected that, inthe face of the depletion of some resources, one would becreating a favorable scenario for new wars, disguised withlofty claims. War always causes serious damage to theenvironment and the cultural wealth of the people, and therisks become huge when you think of nuclear energy andbiological weapons." In addition those who flee pay with theirlives for the "poverty exacerbated by environmentaldegradation... unfortunately there is a general indifference tothese tragedies, which commonly occur in different parts of theworld," he wrote. The most anticipated chapter, in view ofthe Paris Climate Conference to be held in December, concernsthe climate changes he sees as already having occurred. Hestates that despite the existence of other causes, such as theshift in the Earth's axis, it is irresponsible not todrastically limit greenhouse gas emissions that are indicatedas the main cause of global warming in numerous scientificstudies. "It has also been affected by the increase in thepractice of land-use change, primarily deforestation foragricultural purposes." He went on: "The external debt of poorcountries has become an instrument of control, but the samething does not happen with the ecological debt. It is necessarythat developed countries contribute to solving this debt limitso important to the consumption of non-renewable energy, andbringing resources to the countries most in need to promotepolicies and programs for sustainable development." He goes onto attack corrupt politicians and obliging media: "The forecastof the environmental impact of business initiatives andprojects requires political processes transparent and subjectedto dialogue, while corruption that hides the true environmentalimpact of a project in exchange for favours often leads toambiguous agreements beyond the duty to inform and in-depthdebate". .

Se avete correzioni, suggerimenti o commenti scrivete a dir@agi.it