Cardinal pushing for urgent climate change deal

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga wants governments to deal urgently with climate change.

Rodriguez wants a deal on climate change that puts poor communities in developing countries first and provides for a sustainable future.

“Our climate is changing. This year we saw floods in Central America, South and South East Asia and drought across East Africa,” Rodriguez said.

“Urgent action is necessary.”

Rodriguez urged climate negotiators to be prompt with an international response to curb the threat of climate change and set the world on a path to a more just and sustainable future.

“The whole world is vulnerable to climate change but poor countries are affected more,” he said.

Cardinal Rodriguez is leading a 20-strong Caritas delegation to the United Nations climate talks.

With the modification of climate patters seriously affecting agriculture, Caritas’ key concern is peoples’ right to food and ensuring the world, particularly the 1 billion people living in extreme poverty, can get access to sufficient safe and healthy food.




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