Pope praises young climate activists for challenging adults

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MILAN, Italy (AP) – Pope Francis on Wednesday commended young environmental activists for calling on global leaders to keep emissions curb promises and insisted that political leaders make wise choices to promote “a culture of responsible sharing” support financially.

Francis delivered a video message to a three-day climate conference for young people in Milan, which was attended by around 400 activists, including Greta Thunberg from Sweden and Vanessa Nakate from Uganda. The Youth4Climate Summit sends recommendations to the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which starts on October 31st.

Francis thanked the activists for their “dreams and good projects” and encouraged them to form an educational alliance to help “rebuild the fabric” of humanity through concern for the planet.

“This vision is capable of challenging the adult world because it shows that you are ready not only to act, but also to patient listening, constructive dialogue and mutual understanding,” he said.

Francis made the concern for “our common home” on earth a trademark of his papacy and in 2015 dedicated an entire encyclical to this topic. The Scottish Bishops’ Conference has announced that Francis will attend the climate summit in Glasgow, although the Vatican has not yet confirmed his presence.

“It is time to make wise decisions so that we can use the many experiences of the past few years to create a culture of caring, a culture of responsible sharing,” Francis said in the message.

On the opening day of the summit, Thunberg and Nakate blamed political leaders for their “blah blah blah” promises, telling them that time is running out to do something about climate change.

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