A Vatican conference on climate change on 28 April 2015, attended by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, religious leaders and academics, issued a final statement, declaring that ‘human-induced climate change is a scientific reality’ and ‘its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.’
The role of religious leaders in promoting climate justice was emphasised by Ban Ki-moon, who said their moral leadership was needed to address climate change.
Speaking at the conference, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), gave a message about achieving human dignity, and the right to hope, in a world threatened by climate change.
Pope Francis is expected to release an encyclical letter to Catholic bishops on environment and climate change this summer, ahead of crucial UN climate negotiations in December in Paris.
The final declaration from the conference is available from the Vatican Radio website.
You can read the speech from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on the WCC website.