The Pope of integral ecology has done it again. After the publication in 2015 of 'Laudato si', that social encyclical in which he laid the foundations for "integral ecology" and which is cited (a lot) and read (less) by politicians around the world, Francis once again showed his awareness of humanity's environmental crisis and his constant openness to increasingly concrete gestures to save the Earth.
UN scientists call for urgent global diet change to curb climate crisis
In a message to young Europeans, he was clear and direct: “it would be convenient to consume less meat” to help the environment, he told them, in a new twist to requests already considered basic by the Pope, such as also reducing the use of fossil fuels.
“It is urgent to reduce consumption not only of fossil fuels, but also of many superfluous things; and likewise, in certain areas of the world, it would be convenient to consume less meat, this can also help save the environment”, said the pontiff in a message sent to a conference of young people of the European Union that began today in Prague and will extend until Wednesday.
In 2015, the Pope published the encyclical Laudato si', in which he raises the concept of "integral ecology" and is considered one of the most important writings on the subject in recent years. The climate conference in Paris that year had the encyclical as one of the great impulses to be able to reach agreements that, beyond the subsequent non-compliance, were not also historic.
In his message, the pontiff stressed to young people that "while previous generations talked a lot and concluded little, you, on the other hand, are capable of taking concrete initiatives."
“That is why I say that this moment may be the right one. If they fail to reverse this self-destructive trend, it will be difficult for others to do so in the future”, he summoned them.
Inhabit the world “with dignity”
“Don't be seduced by the sirens who propose a life of luxury reserved for a small portion of the world, I hope you have big eyes to see the rest of humanity as a whole, which is not reduced to little Europe; that they aspire to a dignified and sober life, without luxuries or waste, so that everyone can inhabit the world with dignity”, Francis asked.
Last week, in fact, Monsignor Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations the document by which the Holy See, in the name and on behalf of the Vatican City State , adheres to the UN Framework Convention on climate change.
The Pope also called on young Europeans "not to be carried away by myopic ideologies that want to show you the other, the one who is different, as an enemy."