Vatican City, Apr 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm
In a message marking Earth Day, Pope Francis urged world leaders to “act with courage, operate with justice, and always tell the truth to people,” so that the destruction of the planet can be prevented before it is too late.
“The adversity we are experiencing with the pandemic, and which we already feel in climate change, must spur us, must push us to innovation, invention, to seek new paths,” the pope said April 22.
In his message, Pope Francis said that we do not emerge from a crisis the same, but “we come out better or worse.”
“This is the challenge, and if we do not come out better, we go down a path of self-destruction,” he said.
“In this commemoration of Earth Day, it is always good to remember that the things we have been saying to each other for a long time must not fall into oblivion,” he continued.
Francis said that for some time people have been more aware of the need to protect nature, and that interactions with the biodiversity given to us by God must take place “with the utmost attention and respect.”
The coronavirus pandemic, he said, has taught us more about the impact our lives have on nature and climate change.