“We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour,” he said. “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence.”
“We have no such right,” Francis said.
Francis’ speech built on ideas he first put forth last year in Laudato Si, his unprecedented encyclical on climate change and environmental protection.
Earlier this month, Francis also excoriated capitalism for leading to endless war.
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