Climate Change Agreement on the Heels of Papal Appeals
Pope Francis praised the “historic” agreement reached at the climate change summit in Paris and called for a global commitment to implement it, including special attention to the poorest nations. “Its implementation will require unanimous commitment and generous dedication by everyone,” said the pontiff after his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square. The international community should “pay special attention to the most vulnerable populations” and “to carefully follow the road ahead, and with an ever-growing sense of solidarity.”
The deal, signed by 195 nations, is to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by about half of what will be necessary to stave off an increase in atmospheric temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The partly legally binding agreement will take effect in 2020.