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UN secretary general to speak at interfaith Vatican meeting on climate change

April 14, 2015

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has announced that it is sponsoring a workshop on April 28 “to help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.”

Sixty “high-level invitees,” including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will attend. Among them are 20 “science, business, diplomatic, and development experts,” 20 “academicians and scholars,” and 20 representatives from various religions.

The meeting, which is intended “to elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical,” will conclude with the issuing of a joint statement.


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  • Posted by: filioque - Apr. 14, 2015 8:53 PM ET USA

    There are no "moral dimensions of protecting the environment" with respect to climate change unless human activity is driving climate change. That is precisely what the proponents of anthropogenic global warming claim and the skeptics question. Since the agenda assumes moral dimensions, it must assume human responsibility. No skeptics need apply.

  • Posted by: shrink - Apr. 14, 2015 4:08 PM ET USA

    In that the science on "anthropogenic global warming" is far from settled, for credibility sake there is a need for adequate representation on these panels and within the encyclical of scientific views that give a reasonable hearing of the global warming skeptics.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 14, 2015 11:42 AM ET USA

    “To elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical...” This of course is essential counsel needed by the pope in preparation of his encyclical. Has anyone taken a headcount of the number of atheists that occupy places of honor in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences? I wonder if the word "stewardship" will be mentioned during the workshop.