ROME — This week, Pope Francis asked the youth of Europe to consume less meat in order to slow global warming and protect the environment.
The pontiff reminded attendees of an EU youth gathering on Monday that “There is an urgent need to reduce the consumption not only of fossil fuels but also of so many superfluous things. In certain areas of the world, too, it would be appropriate to consume less meat: this too can help save the environment.”
The pope exhorted the youth to adopt a life of austerity and simplicity as a way to practice ecological responsibility.
He encouraged them, saying, “May you aspire to a life of dignity and sobriety, without luxury and waste, so that everyone in our world can enjoy a dignified existence.”
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“Don’t let yourselves be seduced by the sirens that propose a life of luxury reserved for a small slice of the world,” he stated. “Instead, have that ‘broad outlook’ that can take in all the rest of humanity, which is much bigger than our little continent.”
The pope also asked young people to read Laudato S, his environmental encyclical letter, in order to find “strong motives” for committing to “an integral ecology.” READ MORE…
The future of the planet is in the hands of young people, Francis said, and only they can reverse the current path of environmental self-destruction.
More than ever, this is the right time for “concrete initiatives” to save the planet, he declared.