Pope Francis has warned that the world is on the brink of collapse due to the rapid rise of climate change and global leaders’ failure to act. He specifically named the developed Western countries as the main causes of the crisis. In his latest apostolic exhortation, published Wednesday, the Pope said that since his 2015 letter Laudato Si on climate change, there hasn’t been much progress.
“The world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point,” with the current climate crisis threatening the very “dignity of human life,” the Pontiff insisted. He went on to stress that its consequences are becoming increasingly harder to ignore, manifesting themselves in “extreme weather phenomena, frequent periods of unusual heat, drought.”