Pope Francis: ‘Wars and Climate Change’ Are Root Causes of World Hunger and Migration

Pope Francis addressed the FAO Monday on the question of world hunger, proposing that wars and climate change must be overcome in order to properly address the crisis of world hunger and immigration.

“The relationship between hunger and migrations can only be addressed if we go to the root of the problem,” the Pope said at the headquarters of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome. “In this regard, studies conducted by the United Nations, like many others conducted by civil organizations, agree that there are two major obstacles that must be overcome: conflicts and climate change.”

The pontiff expressed his optimistic view that scientists have discovered how to contain climate change and require only the political will of world leaders.

“Concerning climate change, we see its consequences every day,” Francis said. “Thanks to scientific knowledge, we know how to deal with the problem and the international community has also been preparing necessary legal instruments, such as for example, the Paris Accord.”

The Pope added that “unfortunately, some are distancing themselves” from the Paris agreement, in evident reference to the United States, since it is the only nation apart from Nicaragua and Syria not to adhere to the pact, and the only one to actually withdraw.

Despite scientific knowledge on how to address the problem, “we see the reappearance of negligence regarding the delicate balance of ecosystems, the arrogance to manipulate and control the planet’s resources, and greed for profit,” Francis said.

The Pontiff suggested that a change in lifestyles is needed to protect the poor and helpless from the worst effects of climate change.

“It is, therefore, necessary to strive for concrete and practical consensus if we wish to avoid the most tragic effects, which will continue to fall on poor and helpless people,” Francis said. “We are called to propose a change in lifestyles, in the use of resources, on the criteria of production, and even of consumption, which concerning food reveals an increase of losses and waste.”

“We cannot sit back and tell ourselves ‘someone else will do it,’” he said.

While science and technology are increasingly able to give answers to the desires of the human family, Francis said, their achievements “fail to eliminate the exclusion of much of the world’s population.”

“How many are victims of malnutrition, wars and climate change?” Francis asked, suggesting that these factors are at the root of many people being “forced to leave their land, exposing themselves to many and terrible forms of exploitation.”

The FAO itself recently made the remarkable claim that “millions are forced to migrate due to climate change.”

Adequately addressing and resolving armed conflicts and climate change are “the conditions for any serious discussion on food security related to the phenomenon of migration,” the Pope said.

“It is clear that wars and climate change cause hunger, so we must avoid treating it like an incurable disease,” he added, before noting that studies from the FAO “foresee increased global production of cereals, reaching levels that enable to give greater consistency to the reserves.”

Returning to the question of mass migrations, Francis said that nothing will stop people from moving until the root causes such as climate change are solved. How it is possible to “detain people willing to risk it all, entire generations that may disappear because they don’t have their daily bread, or are victims of violence or climate change?”

“They move to where they see a light or perceive a hope for their life,” the Pope said. “They will not be stopped by physical, economic, legislative and ideological barriers. Only a consistent application of the principle of humanity can achieve it.”

Last week, Argentinian Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, papal advisor and Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said that “real” happiness can only come from pursuing higher values, such as “environmental sustainability.”

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    Spuriwng Plover

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    Pope Francis is a 34 Karrit phonie a total fake and a choice of Satan and his demons

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    Moose

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    No, my dear Pope.
    Religion was/is the greatest cause for wars and hunger.
    Like the green religion that is AGW meme..
    Please, keep praying. Do not bother us.

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    Scorpio

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    The pontiff expressed his optimistic view that scientists have discovered how to contain climate change

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha….. just stop it, damned near peed my pants.

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    Sonnyhill

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    The Vatican has been willing to make deals with politico’s in the past. They said nothing during the Holocaust and in return Hitler let them go about their business.

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    Amber

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    Nice ride the Pope was running around in . Electric no doubt ?
    The Pope claims ‘climate change ” for people moving ? I thought it was bullets and other atrocities . Did climate change cause the Nazi’s too ?
    Why not speak plain English . The words climate change are code for fossil fuel emissions from humans yet even the Pope can’t say that for fear of looking like a complete hypocrite .
    The Catholic Church does know a thing or two about exploitation
    or in plain English child abuse at the hands of the pillars of pureness . How many millions of people have lost their lives over
    religious peeing contests ?
    The world is in a warming cycle is the Pope suggesting some scientists are saying they can alter that to some prescriptive
    number . Who sets the number Al Gore and some Hollywood A Holes ?

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    Gerry

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    “In a remarkable new statement from the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, “encroaching environmental stress” is leading to mass displacement of peoples and causing “the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.””

    No. Again It’s just back-assward results and BS interpretation. The Pontiff needs a new advisor.

    No one can point to a single mass migration/displacement of people due to climate change that did not occur over several generations. But history shows us “encroaching environmental stress” due to terrorism, war and government corruption does account for all rapid mass displacement of people.

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    Sonnyhill

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    My mommy is a virgin. She told me that fossil fuel abuse will send me to a place that’ll burn my soul for eternity . I’ve decided that beats another winter in Ontario so I’m gonna burn oil until it’s all gone or Hell freezes over.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The Name Francis makes me think of a series of movies with a Talking Mule the name Debby reminds me of the chimp from Lost in Space with the big hairy ears

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    David Lewis

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    From the persecution of Galileo when he proposed that the Earth was not the center of the universe, to climate change today, it is obvious that the Catholic Church doesn’t have the ability to understand science. If it wasn’t for the nitrogen based fertilizer made from fossil fuels (methane) we would have a severe food shortage. The combines, trucks to take food from the farms, and processing don’t run on prayer. In addition carbon dioxide is a plant fertilizer and higher concentrations is greening the earth increasing crop yields.

    The pope should stick to praying and not try to tell everyone else how to handle something he doesn’t understand.

    For you astute readers who know that fossil fuels contain very little nitrogen, the fuel is used in a process that fixes nitrogen from air.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    This pope is by far the most satanic pope even the fact that Pope John Paul II granted a pardon to Galileo

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