Be Green or Burn, says Pope

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The Pope has made an impassioned plea for people to behave in an environmentally aware fashion. He spoke at the end of a three week holiday in northern Italy, and expressed concern that humanity’s current course threatens its very existence.

Pope Benedict XVI by environmental graffiti, a UK based environmental blog

“We must respect the interior laws of creation, of this Earth, to learn these laws and obey them if we want to survive.” Said the Pontiff, spiritual leader of 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.

This obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness … than the desires of the moment. Our Earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher its message.

The Roman Catholic Church has become increasingly vocal on environmental issues since Benedict VI inherited the Papal tiara. In April, the Vatican sponsored a climate change conference in Italy.

The Pope also used this week’s closed door event to rubbish the claims of US creationists and evolution sceptics. He told the congregation of priests present:

They are presented as alternatives that exclude each other, this clash is an absurdity because there is much scientific proof in favour of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.

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