Two hurricanes in a month, Sixty lives lost and a president calling it all ‘unprecedented’. As America reels under heavy animosities with Mother Nature, those who enrage her continue to live in an illusive bubble denying climate change. The Pope in a veiled attacked sans names said that ‘history will judge’ those who deny climate change.
Pope Francis was addressing a press conference as he flew near the Caribbean Island on his way back to the Vatican City from Colombia.
“If someone is doubtful that [climate change] is true, they should ask scientists. These are not opinions made on the fly. They are very clear. Then each person can decide and history will judge the decisions," the Pope said.
As America feels Mother Nature’s rage, Trump’s decision of withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord in June is playing out in minds of Americans. The astonishing strength of hurricane Harvey and Imra was due to an unnaturally warmed Atlantic. As global warming progresses, America could very well be seeing repeated episodes of Harvey and Imra.
The Pope has been vocal about supporting the Paris climate agreement. When asked whose responsibility it is to combat climate change, he replied it was the responsibility of all, including those in power and not in power. “All of us have a responsibility, all of us, small or large, a moral responsibility. We have to take it seriously. We can’t joke about it,” he added. “Each person has their own. Even politicians have their own.”
Trump’s flamboyant ignorance about climate change has shocked many and his progression to establish his incomprehension of the science behind it led him to reverse flood-protection measures 10 days before Harvey set foot in American soil. He also diluted climate change’s impact by removing its mention from his government’s websites.We can only hope the Pope strikes a chord with his words, “If we don’t turn back, we will go down.”