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Pope Francis calls for policy reforms to curb climate change injustices

“Let justice and peace flow.” That's the Vatican's theme for the 2023 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. While announcing the theme, Pope Francis urged for support of the victims of injustice caused by pollution of the planet. He gave a similar message last month to the United Kingdom's religious leaders. 

Our ongoing commitment to protect God's creation must be part of a broader effort to promote an environment that respects both the dignity and value of every human person. It must recognize the tragic effects that environmental destruction has on the poor.

In his reflection for the day of prayer that will take place on September 1st, the Pope condemned selfishness and consumerism that cause the damage to the planet's water cycle. He stressed that the consequences are paid by the vulnerable. For the sake of their protection, he called for a change in public policies.

Pope Francis emphasized that the destruction of the planet is an injustice that must be stopped. He reminded that the planet is not an object to be exploited but a sacred gift.