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Pope Francis urges everyone to change lifestyle to save planet Earth

Pope Francis on Sunday, has called on individuals across the world to make changes to their daily habits to stop climate change in its tracks, and to put pressure on their leaders “before it´s too late”.

In a message to mark this year´s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope said, “We have created a climate emergency, which seriously threatens nature and life, including our own”.

“This is the time to reflect on our lifestyles and how our daily choices in terms of food, consumption, travel, use of water, energy and many other material goods are often reckless and harmful”, the pontiff wrote further.

Poe Francis, a long-time environmental campaigner, said his plea went out to “every member of the human family”.

“Let us choose to change, to take on simpler and more respectful lifestyles!”.

Pope has also praised the young climate activists who have been upping pressure on institutions and saying they deserved action rather than “commitments made and neglected for partisan interests and convenience”.

“Our prayers and appeals are aimed above all at raising the awareness of political and civil leaders,” he said.

The 82-year-old Argentine pontiff also said that all eyes would be on the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York.

He has called on governments to show “the political will to drastically speed up measures to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and to limit the increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius” in line with the Paris Agreement.

“May the God… give us the courage to do good without waiting for others to begin, without waiting for it to be too late”, Pope concluded with the prayer.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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