The New York Times: Pope Tells Oil Executives to Act on Climate

Three years after his urgent letter warning of the dangers of rapid climate change created by humans, Pope Francis has taken additional action by addressing the leaders of the world’s biggest oil companies. Oil and gas company efforts have been lackluster in transitioning away from limited fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and the risks to the environment – including pollution, flooding, rising seas and wildfires – are becoming more apparent. The Pope also stressed that the world’s poorest would be the most vulnerable to the consequences of global warming. The Pope is calling on these executives to help lead on the transition to global energy that is sustainable and future-orientated. The White House and Trump administration have turned their focus away from global climate-change responsibility. Major firms like Exxon Mobil, BP and Italian energy company Eni were present. The Catholic Church is starting to take action, with several institutions initiating fossil fuel divestment. – YaleGlobal

The New York Times: Pope Tells Oil Executives to Act on Climate

Pope Francis gathers oil company executives, warning them of climate change crisis and urging them to lead on transition to renewable energies
Elisabetta Povoledo
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Read the article from the New York Times about Pope Francis’ meeting with oil company exceutives.

Elisabetta Povoledo has been writing about Italy for nearly three decades, and has been working for The New York Times and its affiliates since 1992. She is Italian, and grew up in Italy and Canada. She studied history and political science at the University of Winnipeg, and received a master’s degree in art history from McGill University in Montreal, specializing in Roman Baroque art.


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