Pope calls for ‘effective responses’ from COP26

Pope Francis has called on world leaders meeting at the UN Climate conference in Glasgow to provide “effective responses” to the environment emergency and offer “concrete hope” to future generations.

In a recorded message for BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, the Pope spoke of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and economic difficulties, and urged the world to respond to them with vision and radical decisions, so as not to “waste opportunities” that the current challenges present.

He said: “We can confront these crises by retreating into isolationism, protectionism and exploitation," the pontiff said, "or we can see in them a real chance for change.”

And he called for “a renewed sense of shared responsibility for our world”.

Each of us, he said, can “play our own part in changing our collective response to the unprecedented threat of climate change and the degradation of our common home.”

You can listen to the whole of Pope Francis's Thought for the Day here.

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