In May of 2015, Pope Francis issued an encyclical letter regarding church doctrine on environment and climate. In the letter, the Pope states:
"A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it...
Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."
Pope Francis is just one of the many religious leaders from a wide range of different faiths—including leaders from Evangelical Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faith communities—who have added their voices to the Pro-Climate movement. These leaders have made it clear that they believe forward-thinking climate policy is a fundamental component of all their faiths' deep commitment to responsible stewardship of our earth and its resources.
At Cross the Aisle for Climate, we share those faiths' commitment to responsible stewardship, and we're grateful to have leaders like Pope Francis helping us to defend Pro-Climate policies.