Pope Francis to Attend UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai

Pope Francis will attend a United Nations climate change conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, according to a November 1 interview with an Italian television network.

The pope plans to attend the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) from December 1-3. The conference itself runs from November 30 to December 12 at Expo City Dubai, and Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to attend such an event.

Referring to climate change, Pope Francis said “We’re still in time to stop it” in an interview with television network RAI. “We’ve been ugly, ugly here in caring for Creation.”

“Courage is needed,” he said in response to a question about climate goal setbacks.

COP28 follows the October 4 release of Laudate Deum, a papal letter calling for action against climate change and emphasizing its effect on the poor.

In the letter, Pope Francis warned that global responses to climate change “have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be near the breaking point.” He mentioned the upcoming COP28 in Dubai in the letter, emphasizing that he hopes the event may be “historic” if human beings can “transcend their petty interests and think in bigger terms.”

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