La Croix International editorial staff, Vatican City, 6 Nov 2017
Governor Jerry Brown and other members of President Barack Obama’s Climate Task Force busy discussing climate change and California’s drought at a media conference February 13, 2013 / Matthieu Rondel I hanslucas.com
U.S. president Donald Trump is only a “very small” problem in the global battle to address climate change, according to Californian Governor Jerry Brown.
Brown was addressing an event organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences on November 4 when he challenged the world’s religious leaders to become engaged in the issue, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Trump announced the US withdrawal from the climate change accord in June. The United States had committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent, compared with 2005 levels, by 2025. It is the only country out of 195 signatories to withdraw from the pact.
“The Trump factor is very small, very small indeed, in comparison to the commitments taking place around the world,” Brown said to a burst of applause.
“That’s nothing to cheer about, because if it was only Trump that was a problem, we’d have it solved. But that’s not our only problem.
“The problem … is us. It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort … It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern. And it’s the inertia.” (and the impression we can go slower than we really have to go!)
Brown, who will spend two weeks in Europe for climate talks, said the path to change must include the mass mobilization of the religious and theological sphere.
“The power here is prophecy. The power here is faith, and that’s what this organization is supposed to be about. So, let’s be about it and combine with the technical and the scientific and the political,” he said.
Pope Francis told a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) meeting in Rome Oct. 16, that the Paris climate change agreement was an effective legal method to tackle global warming. The pope’s praise for the agreement was seen as veiled criticism of the United States’ withdrawal, which was condemned by world leaders.