Religion hasn't always been on the side of science but with the recent withdrawal of Trump from the Paris agreement, even the church sees how much of a recedent move this is for our planet.
Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, one of Pope Francis’s closest collaborators in the Vatican and the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, recently expressed his distaste to the US President's recent decision in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
“I don’t know what Trump spoke about with the pope,” Sanchez Sorondo said. “I don’t believe, however, that the conversation was very detailed on climate. I know, however, that the President of the United States spoke about this in the conversation he had with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.”
With this, he called Trump's pulling out as a “huge slap in the face” for the Vatican and that his view on climate change is “not only a calamity but also completely anti-science. It’s a disaster for everyone.”
“Thinking that we need and must rely on coal and oil is like claiming that the Earth is not round. It’s an absurdity brought forward only to make money,” he added.
Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo
Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015. The accord is an effort of most of the countries to cutting global greenhouse gas emissions and consequently helping the planet. With this, the parties involved are expected to do their best in mitigating global warming. However, such agreement is still partly legally binding and partly voluntary today, and will take full effect only by the year 2020.
It's still difficult to see a future where national leaders are inclined to seeing climate change- or for that matter, science- as a political issue. And especially for leading countries such as the US, its leader's failure to see the need for even at least an initiative to address a climatic problem is so alarming that even the church decided to voice out.