(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), who recently met with Pope Francis in Rome, discussed the issue of climate change at a press conference on Tuesday and said: “We have a moral responsibility to pass this planet on in a responsible way to future generations.”
“It is a health issue: clean air, clean water for our children,” Pelosi said at her briefing.
“But it is a moral issue as well,” said Pelosi.
“We have a moral responsibility to pass this planet on in a responsible way to future generations, and that was much of the conversation I was able to have with His Holiness Pope Francis,” she said.
“That is exactly the message of President Biden. Back in terms of multilateralism, back in terms of the transatlantic charter, which was an important part of our discussions, as well as back in terms of leading the way, again, on the climate crisis. His is not only to meet the Paris goals, but to beat them, and we would have over a 50 percent goal by 2030, 100 percent by 2050.
“Part of the commitment, in addition to meeting our own goals, is to make sure we help developing countries with the technology and resources to meet theirs. They are not responsible for many of the emissions, but they pay a big price in terms of rising sea levels, encroachment of deserts, melting of glaciers, drying up of rivers and the rest that have an impact on their lives. It's a very big issue. The World Health Organization has just issued something last – within the last 24 hours, I believe, I saw it when I got off the plane – that they think that the climate issue is the biggest health challenge that we have.
“And it is a health issue: clean air, clean water for our children. It's a jobs issue: good green jobs for many new people, many more people to take advantage of the opportunities they present. It's a national security issue, as our foreign policy experts tell us that the competition for habitat, resources, et cetera is a security issue because of the migrations that it may cause from drought and famine and all the rest, natural disasters that spring from that.
“But it is a moral issue as well. We have a moral responsibility to pass this planet on in a responsible way to future generations, and that was much of the conversation I was able to have with His Holiness Pope Francis. It was so thrilling to bring the greetings of the Congress to His Holiness, to thank him for his strong message on climate: ‘Laudato Si',’ his first encyclical, which he spoke about when he spoke to the Congress in a Joint Session five years ago. And to continue on that conversation as we prepare for COP26 in Glasgow. It was just a remarkable experience to have that private audience with His Holiness and, again, to bring the thanks and gratitude of our colleagues and his blessings back to us.”