Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pope calls for action on climate change

Pope Benedict XVI has called for urgent action to protect the environment, saying that climate change and natural catastrophes threaten such basic human rights as the right to life, food and health.
Benedict called on advanced societies to adopt "more sober lifestyles," reducing energy consumption and favoring energy-efficient policies.

He said industrialized countries should also recognize their "historical responsibility" for the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming and show solidarity toward developing nations. However, emerging countries are not exempt from their own responsibility, the pope said in his annual message to world leaders for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace on Jan. 1.

The message was released Tuesday by the Vatican.