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Pope, religion leaders sign joint climate appeal ahead of UN summit

By The Associated Press

Vatican City: Pope Francis and dozens of religious leaders on Monday signed a joint appeal to governments committed to ambitious goals at the UN’s upcoming climate conference, while pledging to do their part to lead their loyalists into more sustainable behaviour. did.

“We have inherited a garden, we must not leave the desert for our children,” said the appeal, which was signed in a formal ceremony at the Apostolic Palace before being handed over to COP26 conference chief Alok Sharma.

For religious leaders, caring for the environment is a moral imperative to preserve God’s creation for future generations and to support communities most vulnerable to climate change.

It’s an argument Francis made repeatedly and most widely in his 2015 encyclopedia, “Praise Be.”

“Faith and Science: An Appeal to COP26 is the latest initiative to rally momentum and outrage ahead of the October 31-November 12 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which experts say is a make-over to curb greenhouse gas emissions.” Ya-break is the chance.

It follows the youth summit in Milan last week and earlier appeals by three Christian leaders: Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

They were joined on Monday by leaders of other major religion groups representing Sunni and Shia Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism and others.

The Dalai Lama was conspicuously absent.

The Vatican has kept the Tibetan spiritual leader out of interreligious events for years for not opposing China, and demands for a hearing by top polluters like Beijing are no exception.

The Glasgow summit aims to secure more ambitious commitments to limit global warming to below 2 °C, with the goal of keeping it to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

The event also focuses on raising funding and protecting vulnerable communities and natural habitats.

Pope Francis is widely expected to attend, although the Vatican has yet to confirm his presence.

The Vatican event was jointly organized by the Holy See and pushed ahead of the Glasgow summit by both countries: hosts Britain and Italy, which currently heads the Group of 20.

Francis arrived at the Hall of Blessing with Bartholomew by his side, and then greeted each representative as a string quartet played Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”.

Francis usually goes inside the Vatican without a mask, but he, like other delegates, wore a face mask on Monday.

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