While Flying Over The Hurricane-Ravaged Caribbean, Pope Francis Made A Powerful Statement On Climate Change

“Scientists have clearly said what path we have to follow.”

Pope Francis is never one to shy away from expressing his opinion, and during a September 10 flight from Colombia to Rome that passed over areas of the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma, journalists reportedly asked the pontiff about the moral responsibility world political leaders have to fight against climate change. 

According to both The New York Times and The Associated Press, the 80-year-old religious leader did not mince words, and even referenced a passage from the Old Testament in his response that seemingly took aim at climate change deniers. "Man is stupid," he said. "When you don't want to see, you don't see."

The Crux reports the pope added, "Those who deny climate change need to go to scientists and ask them." He also noted the scientific community has been "clear and precise" in drawing a connection between human activity and the impact it has on our planet, and stated "each [person] has a moral responsibility, bigger or smaller" to fight against climate change.



"You can see the effects of climate change," he declared. "And scientists have clearly said what path we have to follow."

As HuffPost points out, these comments put Pope Francis at odds with President Trump and his administration. In the past, the president has called climate change a Chinese hoax, and back in June he announced America's exit from the Paris climate agreement while also rolling back several Obama-era environmental regulations. 

Keep in mind much of this came after Pope Francis gave President Trump a copy of his 2015 encyclical on climate change and the environment. In the 184-page document called Laudato Si, the pope states climate change is a moral and spiritual issue, and criticizes governments that refuse to address it.  

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But the pope isn't the only one who has taken issue with President Trump and other climate change deniers. 

In the aftermath of the current administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Tiffany & Co., and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are just a handful of the entities that made their displeasure known and vowed to take action with or without the government's support.

"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children's future at risk," Zuckerberg stated at the time. "Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it's too late."

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