In September this year, Columban Missionary and Eco-Theologian Fr Sean McDonagh attended a joint consultation at the Vatican, also attended by Pope Francis, about Laudato Si’ and the Path to COP22.
Fr Sean has written about the experience and the document prepared by those present at the meeting, which emphasies ten key opportunities and priorities in the lead-up to COP22. The article can be read below.
Fr Sean McDonagh will be speaking in Perth as part of his national speaking tour on Saturday 19th November at the Redemptorist Monastery in North Perth.
Laudato Si’ and the Path to COP 22
On 28 September 2016, I attended a Joint Consultation on ‘Laudato Si’ and the Path to COP 22’ organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. The meeting took place at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican. One of the speakers was Prof. Ramanathan Veerabhadran, the Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. In his opinion “the effect of greenhouse gases on global warming is the most important environmental issue facing the world today.”1
He spoke on “the Encyclical and the current horizons of scientific research.” Dr Hoesung Lee, the current Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), spoke about the IPCC process since it was sent up in 1988 and the concerns which will appear in the 6th Assessment Report which is due in 2018. In the wake of the Paris agreement in December 2015 he commented that science and economics are very clear: “we must act now” on climate change, and in doing so “we can build a better world”. In the afternoon, Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University in New York spoke about ‘The Radical Vision of Laudato Si’. As the meeting ended, Pope Francis dropped by Casina Pio IV and greeted each participant. Then he spoke passionately about the need to protect our environment as God’s creation.
At the end of the meeting the group released this document in preparation for the COP 22 which will take place in Marraakesh from November 7 to 18th 2016. “The Paris Climate Agreement is historic. For the first time since the signing of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), all countries have agreed to act in order to protect the planet. The core goals include: (1) keeping warming to “well below 2-degreesC” and “to pursue efforts to keep below 1.5-degreeC”; (2) enabling countries to adapt to the adverse impacts already underway; and (3) ensuring the flow of fair and equitable financing to achieve the climate goals…
Read the full article on the Columban Mission Institute website: Laudato Si’ and the Path to COP 22
Source: Columban Mission Institute