Hefty Global Goals from a Vatican Meeting: Stabilizing the Climate, Energy for All and an Inclusive Economy
A group statement has emerged from “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Planet, Our Responsibility,” the Vatican meeting of scientists, economists, theologians and others that I participated in earlier this month. (If you missed it, click here to watch or read the summary I presented as the meeting ended.)
The workshop was remarkable both because it was only the second joint meeting of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences and because of the range of participants: from Archbishop Roland Minnerath (of Dijon, France) to the 96-year-old Scripps Institution oceanographer Walter Munk to Paulus Zulu, a South African sociologist.
The statement divides humanity’s task, appropriately, into the technical and scientific enterprise of nurturing human societies with sustainable sources of clean energy and food – which the participants deemed “available or within reach,” and the much greater challenge of building the moral commitment and governmental and financial structures that can reduce inequity, profiteering and other social ills.
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