Science and religion "not at odds" on climate change

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Science and religion are not at odds on climate change; they are fully aligned.

The UN Secretary-General underlined this message on Tuesday while speaking at a symposium at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City.

Ban Ki-moon spoke about the moral dimensions of climate change to a group of faith and scientific leaders, after meeting with Pope Francis.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN chief was on Tuesday at a workshop entitled "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity".

Ban Ki-moon said the facts of climate change are upheld by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the major scientific bodies of every government in the world.

He said this includes the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, where he shared the following.

“We have a profound responsibility to protect the fragile web of life on this Earth, and to this generation and those that will follow. That is why it is so important that the world's faith groups are clear on this issue – and in harmony with science. Science and religion are not at odds on climate change. Indeed, they are fully aligned.”

Mr Ban added that it must be jointly communicated that the science of climate change is what he called "deep, sound and not in doubt".

In December, governments will meet in Paris, France, to forge a meaningful universal agreement on climate change.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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