“How much energy is humanity wasting in the many ongoing wars, such as in Israel and Palestine, in Ukraine and in many regions of the world: conflicts that will not solve the problems, but will increase them! How many resources wasted on armaments, which destroy lives and ruin the common home!”. These are the words of Pope in his speech at Cop28 of Dubai, read by Cardinal Pietro Parolin. “I am relaunching a proposal: 'with the money used on weapons and other military expenditure, we will set up a global fund to finally eliminate hunger' and carry out activities that promote the sustainable development of the poorest countries, combating climate change,” he added. .
And then: “Unfortunately I cannot be with you, as I would have liked, but I am with you because the time is urgent. I am with you because, now more than ever, everyone's future depends on the present we choose. I am with you because the devastation of creation is an offense against God, a sin that is not only personal but structural which affects human beings - he explained - especially the weakest, a grave danger which looms over everyone and which risks unleashing a conflict between generations. I am with you because climate change is 'a global social problem that is intimately linked to the dignity of human life'.
I am with you – he continued – to ask the question we are called to answer now: are we working for a culture of life or death? I ask you, in a heartfelt way: let's choose life, let's choose the future! Let us listen to the groaning of the earth, let us listen to the cries of the poor, let us listen to the hopes of young people and the dreams of children! We have a great responsibility: to ensure that their future is not denied", underlined the Pontiff.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I take the liberty of addressing you, in the name of the common home in which we live, as brothers and sisters, to ask ourselves the question: what is the way out? The one you are following in these days: the path of togetherness, multilateralism – explained the Pontiff – It is worrying in this sense that global warming is accompanied by a general cooling of multilateralism, a growing distrust in the international community, a a loss of the 'common consciousness of being a family of nations'. It is essential to rebuild trust, the foundation of multilateralism,” he added.
“It is clear that the ongoing climate changes derive from overheating of the planet, caused mainly by the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, caused in turn by human activity, which in recent decades has become unsustainable for the ecosystem. The ambition to produce and possess has turned into obsession and resulted in limitless greed, which has made the environment the object of unbridled exploitation. The crazy climate sounds like a warning to stop this delirium of omnipotence." “Let us return to recognizing our limitations with humility and courage as the only way to live fully,” concluded the Pontiff.