World governments can end world hunger and the migrant crisis by halting climate change and military conflicts, Pope Francis urged Monday.
“It is clear that wars and climatic change are a cause of hunger, so let’s not present it as if hunger is an incurable disease,” the pontiff said Monday during remarks at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, according to United Nations New Centre.
World hunger, climate change, and the migrant crisis were interconnected and require the stalwart commitment of governments around the world to end each of those issues, he said, according to The Associated Press. Francis specifically advocated for the Paris climate accord, and applauded those governments that have committed to upholding the agreement among nations to fight climate change.
Francis, however, neglected to scold China for the country’s failure to uphold the accord, but took the opportunity to lament the U.S.’s withdrawal from a deal that the State Department called unfavorable to the U.S.’s “businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers,” as it places a greater economic burden on the U.S. than it does on the other countries involved.
“Unfortunately some are distancing themselves from it,” Francis said Monday.
“We see the effects of climate change every day,” Francis added, according to International Business Times. “We need to change our lifestyles and consumption patterns [in order to address both hunger and climate change].'”
Francis gifted a marble statue of Aylan Kurdi, the toddler who washed up dead on a Turkish beach in 2015, to the U.N. as a symbol of his call for governments to cooperate internationally to solve the migrant crisis. Francis proposed a model of centered around love, solidarity, and fraternity to fight.
“We cannot act only if others do, nor limit ourselves to pity, because pity is limited to emergency aid, while love inspires justice,” Francis said.
Francis neglected to mention the Islamic State or radical Islam as issues governments need to address, and appeared to imply climate change is a root of the conflicts causing migrants to flee to Europe from war torn regions.
Fifty-five percent of the 22.2 million reported refugees around the world hail from Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.
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