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Time is running out to fight climate change, Pope tells summit

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Tackling the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis has told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru.

“The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously,” he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change Conference.

Thousands of negotiators from 195 countries gathered for the meeting in Lima to hammer out details of a new international agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

The Vatican released a copy of the Pope’s message yesterday.

The Pope encouraged the leaders in their discussions because their decisions will “affect all of humanity, especially the poorest and future generations. What’s more, it represents a serious ethical and moral responsibility.”

The impact climate change already has been having on coastal regions and other areas “reminds us of the seriousness of negligence and inaction”, he said. It is morally imperative that people act.

“An effective fight against global warming will be possible only with a collective and responsible answer” that overcomes one-sided or special interests and is “free from political and economic influence,” he said.

The Pope said the leaders’ response will have to “overcome distrust; promote a culture of solidarity, encounter and dialogue; and be capable of showing responsibility for protecting the planet and the human family”.

Link to original article from The Catholic Herald

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Andrea Miller, Co-Executive Director and IT Director, was the Democratic Nominee in 2008 for House of Representatives in the Virginia 4th District. Running on a Medicare for All and clean energy platform, Andrea was endorsed by PDA, California Nurses and The Sierra Club. Prior to running for office, Andrea was a part of Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s presidential campaign, first as Statewide Coordinator for Virginia and subsequently as Regional Coordinator. From 2006 until leading the VA Kucinich campaign Andrea was MoveOn.org’s Regional Coordinator for Central, Southwest and Hampton Roads areas of Virginia and West Virginia. Andrea is also the PDA Virginia co-chair as well as the Technical Director. Andrea co-hosts, organizes and programs PDA's Blog Talk Radio show. She is also the lead designer and production team leader for PDA's websites and printed materials. Andrea co-directs PDA's Capitol Hill letter drops and Hill meetings. Her problem-solving skills are essential to PDA's operations.