Pope Francis: ‘Throwing away plastic in the sea is criminal’

by | Feb 16, 2022 | Blog, News and Updates, Pope Francis | 0 comments

Pope Francis stresses that we must learn to take care of creation to stop the loss of biodiversity. (Unsplash/Naja Bertolt Jensen)

Pope Francis used an unprecedented live TV interview to call on Catholics to care for God’s creation and preserve its biodiversity ahead of the crucial United Nations Biodiversity Conference later this year.

His Holiness lamented the pollution of the oceans and the destruction of the Amazon, and he called on Catholics to act now before it’s too late. Sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition.

“Throwing away plastic in the sea is criminal. This kills biodiversity, the Earth, everything,” Pope Francis said. “If things don’t change, our grandchildren…will have to live in an uninhabitable world within 30 years.”

All people have an urgent opportunity to heed Pope Francis’ words and care for God’s creation by signing the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition

At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference later this year in China, world leaders will come together to set ambitious targets that protect our common home. As people of faith, it’s our responsibility to advocate and speak up for the most vulnerable members of God’s creation and our entire common home. Sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition.

Pope Francis stresses that we must learn to take care of creation to stop the loss of biodiversity.

God’s creation needs our support, Pope Francis said. “We are seeing this reality everywhere…in the Amazon, deforestation. We know what a deforestation policy means: less oxygen, climate change, death of biodiversity, killing Mother Earth. It means not having that relationship that those native Aboriginal Peoples have, that they call ‘good living,’ which is not the good life, but living in harmony with the Earth.”

TAKE ACTION: Sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition

His Holiness shared his prophetic remarks in a live TV interview on the Italian network Rai 3, which was viewed by nearly nine million people. He also touched on the destruction of war and reminded the audience how everything is connected.

“We’re all in it together,” Pope Francis said. Sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition

Watch video excerpt here 

Valeria Morrow
Valeria Morrow

Valeria Morrow is a Laudato Si’ Content Creator. She has a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, a minor in Hispanic Studies and additional studies in education. She has experience in the non-profit, tourism and education sectors. She lives in Barcelona with her husband and two boys.

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