Pope to climate summit: respect God's creation

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 06, 2009 21:42 hrs

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has told world leaders attending the climate summit in Copenhagen that caring for God's creation requires they adopt sober and responsible lifestyles.

Global warming: Adapt or die

Benedict said on Sunday he hoped the meeting, which opens on Monday, would outline actions that respect creation and promote development while respecting human dignity and the common good.

The Vatican, which has UN observer status, is sending a delegation to Copenhagen.

Aim to end deforestation by 2030

Benedict has spoken out frequently about the need to care for the planet, dedicating a good part of his last encyclical to the issue. Under his pontificate, the Vatican has also installed photovoltaic cells on the roof of its auditorium and begun a reforestation project aimed at offsetting its C02 emissions.

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