Thursday, January 15, 2015
"Man Has Gone Too Far." Pope Francis Comes Out Swinging.
What better place to speak out against climate change than the severe storm ravaged Philippines?
Wading into the climate change debate on board the papal plane, the Pope told journalists he hoped negotiators at the next round of climate change talks in Paris in November would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.
"I don't know if it is all (man's fault) but the majority is, for the most part, it is man who continuously slaps down nature," he said.
"We have in a sense taken over nature. I think we have exploited nature too much."
The comments were Pope Francis' clearest on the environment since he pledged to make the issue a priority on the day of his installation as Pope in 2013.
"We have, in a sense, lorded it over nature, over Sister Earth, over Mother Earth," said the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, who has in the past spoken about the need to protect the environment.