Pope Francis on Thursday issued a strong plea for the upcoming Paris climate change summit to reach a socially equitable agreement taking the poor into account.
“The misuse and destruction of the environment are also accompanied by a relentless process of exclusion”, the pontiff said at the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi.
He called for a transformational climate agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation.
“It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects”, Francis said.
He linked caring for the environment to caring for people, calling for dignified living conditions and health care for all.
The Pope arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday, meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries.
He is scheduled to leave on Friday for Uganda.
Francis’ first Africa tour is his 11th visit abroad since he became pope in 2013.
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