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Don't waste chance to save planet, pleads Pope Francis

Pope warns time is running out while expressing regret at his absence from COP26 climate talks in Glasgow

AFP

AFP

Published: November 12, 2021 05:57 AM GMT

Updated: November 12, 2021 06:00 AM GMT

Don't waste chance to save planet, pleads Pope Francis

Youths hold a banner reading 'The young ones of Bresso greet Pope Francis' during the Pope's Angelus prayer at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on Nov. 7. (Photo: AFP)

Pope Francis warned time was "running out" to save the planet while expressing regret at his absence from climate talks in Glasgow, in a letter published Nov. 11.

The summit, he said in the letter to Catholics in Scotland, was "meant to address one of the great moral issues of our time: the preservation of God's creation."

"Time is running out; this occasion must not be wasted, lest we have to face God's judgement for our failure to be faithful stewards of the world he has entrusted to our care," wrote Francis.

The pontiff said he had hoped to take part in the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow. But "I regret that this did not prove possible."

The 84-year-old is a staunch advocate for the environment and has called climate change an "unprecedented threat" requiring urgent action.

The crunch COP26 summit, in which negotiators are wrangling over ways to limit global warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, ends today.

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