BlackHouse, Sep. 13 – History will judge climate change deniers, says the pope.
During a flight from Colombia to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis said that climate change denial in time of devastating hurricanes, proves that humans are not a particularly smart species.
“Man is stupid. When you don’t want to see, you don’t see,” he said, quoting the Old Testament.
The pope – who has criticized Donald Trump on several fronts, particularly climate change – encouraged climate change deniers to consult with scientists.
“I think it is something that we cannot joke about,” Pope Francis said. “Whoever denies this must go to the scientists and ask them. They speak very clearly. The scientists are precise.”
“You can see the effects of climate change and scientists have clearly said what path we have to follow,” the pope added. “All of us have a responsibility. All of us, small or large, have a moral responsibility.”
As the plane passed over parts of the Caribbean Islands which were devastated by Hurricane Irma, reporters asked Pope Francis about the moral responsibility of world leaders in confronting the climate change. He responded that “history will judge those decisions,” and that we “will go down” if people fail to control the climate change.
In May, Pope Francis had given the U.S. President Donald Trump a copy of his “Laudato Si” which is an encyclopedia of climate change and the environment. In the book, the pope argues that climate change is essentially a moral issue and also criticizes those governments that reject it.
President Trump has been a longtime doubter of climate change, dismissing it repeatedly by calling it a “bullshit” and a Chinese hoax. Since his inauguration, he quickly got to sabotaging the county’s efforts to face the threat. In an attempt to save billions of dollars for those who profit from fossil energies, in June, Trump pulled U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. About 200 counties from around the world promised to reduce their carbon emissions, in order to decrease earth’s warming rate.
Scientists claim that the natural disasters such as hurricanes Harvey and Irma, are a direct consequence of climate change. However, the Trump administration said that now is not the time to talk about climate change and its role in the recent disasters.
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told CNN that “To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm, versus helping people, or actually facing the effect.