“We echo Pope Francis’s call for world leaders to take real and meaningful action at the upcoming COP28 conference. It is also important that the Irish Government makes real progress towards their commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on Overseas Development Aid by 2030. The Irish Government must also deliver on its commitment to provide an additional fund for climate finance.”
The Pope’s comments came in a papal document published by the Vatican on Wednesday morning, called Laudate Deum. It is an extended letter to “all people of good will” and is intended to teach and guide the faithful. This exhortation follows on from his encyclical Laudato Si’ which was published in 2015 and also called on the global community to act on the environmental crisis.
In his letter, Pope Francis said that the world can no longer ignore “extreme weather phenomena, frequent periods of unusual heat, drought and other cries of protest on the part of the earth that are only a few palpable expressions of a silent disease that affects everyone.”
He added that economic powers are not interested in solving the problem, because they want “the greatest profit possible at minimum cost”.
The next Conference of the Parties (COP28) will take place in the United Arab Emirates, “a country of the Persian Gulf known as a great exporter of fossil fuels, although it has made significant investments in renewable energy sources”, he said. “Meanwhile, gas and oil companies are planning new projects there, with the aim of further increasing their production.”