President Obama and Pope Francis on Wednesday morning spoke in unison on the need to confront climate change and save the planet, with both men saying humanity has a moral obligation to act now and not saddle future generations with a growing problem.
With thousands gathered on the south lawn of the White House, Mr. Obama welcomed the pope to the U.S. In brief remarks, the president praised the pontiff’s call to action on climate change.
“Holy Father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet — God’s magnificent gift to us. We support your call to all world leaders to support the communities most vulnerable to a changing climate and to come together to preserve our precious world for future generations,” Mr. Obama said. …
Protecting the planet, the pontiff argued, is both a social and moral responsibility.
He repeated that call Wednesday morning, drawing cheers from the nearly 11,000 who descended on the White House to hear his first-ever speech in America.
“I am finding it encouraging you re proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution … It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem [that] can no longer be left to our future generations,” the pontiff said. “We are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the change needed.”