Pope Francis has urged young people in Europe to ‘consume less meat‘ to tackle climate change and save the planet.
In a letter addressing partici[ants at the EU Youth Conference in Praque, the Pope said hat we need to “break this self-destructive trend” of consumerism and prioritise sustainability.
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He wrote: “It is urgent to reduce consumption not only of fossil fuels but also of many superfluous things; and also, in certain areas of the world it is convenient to consume less meat, this can also help save the environment”
Euronews reports: The latest green pledge follows the Pope’s publication of ‘Laudato si’ in 2015, his second encyclical (letter) which laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.”
He lays the foundations for what he calls “integral ecology” in the encyclical. This earned him the title of Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) the same year.
n October 2021, Pope Francis and religious leaders called for action on climate change at the UN COP26 conference. Although the 84-year-old could not attend the conference, he made his dedication to tackling the climate crisis clear.
Then in November, he made another speech telling us all to protect the environment as “everything around us seems to be collapsing”. The Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica was filled to the brim with hundreds of young people who came to listen.
“Be free and authentic, be the critical conscience of society,” Francis said.
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