Pope, in Africa, lobbies on behalf of UN – Says failure of UN climate summit would be ‘catastrophic’
In a long address in Spanish at the United Nations regional office, Francis said it would be "catastrophic" if particular interests prevailed over the common good of people and the planet or if the conference were manipulated by business interests.
World leaders must reach a historic agreement to fight climate change and poverty at coming Paris, facing the stark choice to either “improve or destroy the environment”, Pope Francis said in Africa on Thursday.
“We are confronted with a choice which cannot be ignored: either to improve or destroy the environment,” the pope said in Nairobi, home to the U.N. Environment Programme headquarters.
He said the international community had to listen to the “cry rising up from humanity and the earth itself.”