Pope Francis appeals to world leaders to take ‘radical’ measures at COP 26

09:18, 30 October 2021
Pope Francis appeals to world leaders to take ‘radical’ measures at COP 26 Photo: pixabay

Pope Francis has prompted leaders who are set to participate at the COP 26 summit to resort to “radical decisions” at the global meeting.

Leaders participating in the Glasgow conference must secure “concrete hope for future generations,” the pontiff said while he has been recorded for the BBC. The address was recorded Friday morning in Italian.

Francis himself will not participate at the conference, even though he intended to pay a visit to the summit thus increasing the significance of the event.

“Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our deep vulnerability and raised numerous doubts and concerns about our economic systems and the way we organize our societies,” he said.

The leaders from numerous countries at Glasgow, including US President Joe Biden, who is already in Europe, “are urgently summoned to provide effective responses to the present ecological crisis and this way to offer concrete hope for future generations. And it is worth repeating that each of us - whoever and wherever we may be - can play our own part in changing our collective response to the unprecedented threat of climate change and the degradation of our common home.”

US envoy for climate John Kerry earlier said that the forthcoming meeting is the “last best hope for the world to get its act together.”