“The world’s poor will suffer most from such policies,” the writers contend, adding:
The poorest—the 1.3 billion in developing countries who depend on wood and dried dung as primary cooking and heating fuels, smoke from which kills 4 million and temporarily debilitates hundreds of millions every year—will be condemned to more generations of poverty and its deadly consequences.
The letter ends with an appeal to the Pope to reconsider what seems to be the direction the Vatican is taking vis-à-vis climate change policies.
Prof Penny Sackett, Herald Sun December 04, 2009 - We’ve got 5 years to save world says Australia’s chief scientist Professor Penny Sackett. THE planet has just five years to avoid disastrous global warming, says the Federal Government’s chief scientist.
'Loyalty is expected. Zeal replaces scientific caution. Dissent is penalized, sometimes harshly so. Scientists are no longer simply esteemed researchers. They have assumed the role of society's policemen, crusaders, and protectors. And the proven means of getting more expenditures for next year's budget is to prove that one's project is confirming the worst of all possible fears'