Pope Francis: No One Is ‘Exempt’ From Fighting Climate Change

Pope Francis once again appealed for increased effort in the battle against climate change, insisting that no one is exempt from the task.

In recent years there has been “a growing collective awareness of the urgent need to care for our common home, which is suffering from the constant and indiscriminate exploitation of its resources,” the pope said in his yearly address to members of the Diplomatic Corps.

He declared that “none may consider themselves exempt from this effort, since all of us involved are affected in equal measure.”

He also suggested that the measures agreed during COP26 in Glasgow were insufficient and require bolstering.

“At the recent COP26 in Glasgow, several steps were made in the right direction, even though they were rather weak in light of the gravity of the problem to be faced.

“Much still remains to be done, and so 2022 will be another fundamental year for verifying to what extent and in what ways the decisions taken in Glasgow can and should be further consolidated in view of COP27, planned for Egypt next November.”