Pope: Climate Change Agreement ‘Now or Never,’ Humanity on the ‘Edge of Suicide’

In his most apocalyptic language to date, Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal plane returning from Africa that the COP21 climate change conference in Paris is the last chance for humanity to avert environmental destruction.

The pope discussed global warming and other issues during an hour-long press conference aboard the papal plane following his six-day trip to Africa.

Asked whether he believes that the leaders gathered in Paris will take important steps to combat climate change, Francis said, “I’m not sure, but I can say that it is now or never.”

Little was accomplished at the 1997 Kyoto conference, Francis said, and since then “every year the problems are more serious.”

The Pope recounted discussing with college students about what sort of world we want to leave our children, when one of the students asked: “But are you sure that there will be children from this generation?”

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