Faith voices have made themselves heard at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) that will continue into the weekend.
The 2015 edition of the summit, organized by the United Nations, sees officials hailing from 195 nations tackling plans to slow the incidence of global warming along with other environmental crises.
Activists and Clergymen from all the major religions of the world have showed concern when it came to the health of the earth. In 2015, they conveyed their concern to the 21st Conference of Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or COP21 in short, which was held in Paris. The 2015 conference is important as a new international agreement concerning climate change is expected. The aim is to keep the global warming under two degrees Centigrade.
Saving planet Earth is both a spiritual and a political movement. Changes become possible when conscience and science join together to form a common message. The changes that are expected to be made will inhibit the production of greenhouse gases. It will also promote the adoption of renewable resources by all countries. The religious leaders are vocal in saying that the planet is the sole home given by God and everyone should work together to save the creation of God. The superior being has entrusted earth to humans for all the latter's generations.
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According to Pope Francis, that time to achieve something has now come. He reiterated that humans are now on the brink of suicide. He added that most of the COP attendees know it and prefer to do something about it.
The leaders of the United States and China, the principal players needed to achieve this lofty goal, met at COP21. These two are the biggest greenhouse gases producer. President Obama told the COP members that the U.S. is fully aware of its role in the creation of climate change and its consequent role in solving this problem. Obama said, however, that such agreement should preferably be by nature global. It should also be flexible and assertive.
President Obama also spoke about the economic issues linked with climate change, mentioning that recent growth in the U.S. economy has been achieved despite a marked lack of carbon emissions growth. This proves, he said, that advancements in climate talks may not necessarily be achieved at the expense of individual livelihoods or the economy. Obama told the gathering that he wants to lift people from poverty without condemning the following generations.