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Pope to oil execs: Energy needs mustn't destroy civilisation

Pope Francis attended a meeting with children at the Vatican on Saturday. On the same day he gathered money managers and titans of the world’s biggest oil companies Pope to oil execs: Energy needs mustn't destroy civilisation
Bennie Garza | 11 June, 2018, 16:50

"Civilisation requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilisation", he told the participants of the conference held behind closed doors at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "It's a question fossil fuel executives would do well to ask themselves", he said.

Pope Francis in an address to the leaders of the oil and gas companies in the world said that the pursuit of mankind for increasing the volume of energy may lead to the death of many people, according to the Chronicle.info with reference to Gordon. Pope Francis, an outspoken advocate for taking action against climate change and for fighting poverty, took advantage of his captive audience of about 50 people by telling them that, "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization".

At a conference named as 'Energy Transition and Care for our Common Home, ' Pope Francis conveyed, "Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement urged keeping most fossil fuels underground". The Pope acknowledged the latent demand for energy but said it must not come at the cost of the environment.

The papal conference comes a little more than a year after President Trump's announcement that the US would pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world's first global pact to address climate change.

The pope said meeting the energy needs of everyone on the planet must be done in ways "that avoid creating environmental imbalances, resulting in deterioration and pollution that is gravely harmful to our human family, both now and in the future". And he told those gathered at the Vatican, "there is no time to lose".

It was exclusively dedicated to the climate change issues and entitled the topic as "One of the Principal Challenges facing Humanity in our Day".

"Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest", Francis wrote. It was a challenge, he acknowledged, "of epochal proportions", but also one that presented an "immense opportunity" to "promote the sustainable development of renewable forms of energy". He noted that the poor pay the highest price for climate change, often being forced to migrate due to water insecurity, severe weather and an accompanying collapse in agriculture. "Yet the effects of climate change are not evenly distributed".

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