Poll: People Look to Gov’t to Avert Climate Change ‘Catastrophe’

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by William Mahoney, Ph.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 5, 2019   

Pope to UN: 'political will' needed to stave off 'climate emergencies'

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VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - A recent Rasmussen poll has shown that more people believe in humanity's contribution to climate change and the need for government to avert an impending environmental catastrophe than ever before. The poll coincides with a message from Pope Francis to the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 25, currently in progress. 

Conducted Nov. 13–14, the national survey of 1,000 likely voters revealed that many now blame human beings more than nature for climate change (43%) and even more think an environmental disaster looms large on the horizon (63%).

All this calls us to reflect on the significance of our consumption and production models and on the processes of education and awareness to make them consistent with human dignity.

Among those who blame humans for climate change, most want federal or local governments to combat climate change by regulating activities to lower carbon dioxide emissions (76%). Half want law enforcement to fine or imprison fossil-fuel executives or business owners (50%). But the majority do not want the government to reduce their air travel (only 34% do) or limit their meat consumption (only 24% do). 

In a recent Vortex episode, Church Militant's Michael Voris said that climate change is a leftist farce to seize control: "It is the excuse for raising taxes, killing children, wiping out the fossil fuel industry, wrecking the American economy so we will no longer be a world leader."


COP 25 is currently taking place (Dec 2–13) in Madrid "to take the next crucial steps in the U.N. climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement."

Through Cdl. Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, Pope Francis sent a message to the UNCCC on Sunday to show his support for this initiative to combat what he calls a "challenge of civilization" and an "emergency" while there is still time.

"Numerous studies tell us that it is still possible to limit global warming," said the pontiff. "To do this we need a clear, far-sighted and strong political will, set on pursuing a new course that aims at refocusing financial and economic investments toward those areas that truly safeguard the conditions of a life worthy of humanity on a 'healthy' planet for today and tomorrow."

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Cdl. Pietro Parolin at COP 25

"All this calls us to reflect conscientiously on the significance of our consumption and production models and on the processes of education and awareness to make them consistent with human dignity," he continued.

"We are facing a 'challenge of civilization' in favor of the common good and of a change of perspective that places this same dignity at the centre of our action, which is clearly expressed in the 'human face' of climate emergencies," Francis added. "There remains a window of opportunity, but we must not allow it to close. We need to take advantage of this occasion through our responsible actions in the economic, technological, social and educational fields, knowing very well how our actions are interdependent."

The pope also said that today's young people are more sensitive to this "emergency," and he warned that the current generation must avoid burdening the next generation: "[W]e should give them the opportunity to remember our generation as the one that renewed and acted on — with honest, responsible and courageous awareness — the fundamental need to collaborate in order to preserve and cultivate our common home."

He expressed his hope that this "spirit" animates the work of COP 25, which he wished "every success." 

Some critics have noted that the pope's message to the UNCCC fails to mention God, not even invoking a blessing, or anything pertaining to the primary mission of the Catholic Church to save souls. 

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