13 Sep 2017

Pope Francis on Climate Change: “All of us have a responsibility”


Credit: The Independent


“I am reminded of a phrase from the Old Testament, I think from the Psalm: «Man is stupid, he is stubborn and he does not see»”, is what Pope Francis said on climate change during the flight that brought him to Rome from Colombia. “You can feel the effects [of climate change] and scientists tell us clearly the road to take. All of us have a responsibility”. The Pope does not mince its words to underline that many people, also decision makers, don’t realise how many damages climate change can produce.

The Farmers’ Community and World Farmers’ Organisation fully understand what Pope means and entirely agree.

Farmers of the World as steward of the environment are at the forefront in fighting climate change: desertification and extreme weather events are only two examples of the consequences of human impact on the planet and farmers have to face them every day to feed the growing world population.

Increase production and polluting less is the major challenge for farmers: that’s why their commitment in tackling climate change is ever-increasing and WFO is part of this challenge pursuing farmers’ instances in the most important international fora and through programmes and initiatives intended to sensitise public opinion and policy makers.

Having Pope Francis on our side gives us new impetus to continue the path we have taken.

Link to the video: https://goo.gl/nffAA5