A call to listen to the cry of the earth that suffers, is what the Holy See has launched today in Katowice, Poland, where the World Conference on Climate has been held since December 3. The Cop24 summit brings together representatives from over 200 countries who are confronted by the challenges of climate change, the need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the urgent need to protect the parts of the planet and the most exposed populations in particular - often the poor and those without means of subsistence – who suffer at the detriment of this process.
In this forum the delegation of the Holy See, led by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, wanted to reiterate the urgency of paying attention to the obvious signs of the degradation of the planet, and to protect the poorest and most defenceless, also through dignified working conditions: "It is a crisis with economic, financial and social effects" that “encourages us to listen carefully to the cry of the earth,” he noted at the press conference today, citing the Encyclical Laudato Sì. Mgr. Bruno - Marie Duffé, Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, which coordinates the delegation of the Pope, articulated the need for "concrete actions" and "true global solidarity", as well as the importance to not underestimate the warnings signalled by scientists who "clearly show the devastating impact of climate change worldwide. "
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