On April 8, 2020, Pope Francis linked the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.
- “This is the time to take the decisive step, to move from using and misusing nature to contemplating it,” he said.
- “I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world,” he said. “We need to reconnect with our real surroundings. This [the coronavirus] is the opportunity for conversion.”
- The pope said he wanted a response from world leaders that focuses more on humans and the environment than the economy.
Read the full article and Pope Francis’ complete remarks in the New York Post: Coronavirus could be a reaction to Climate Change