According to US President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry, Pope Francis has the moral authority to sway public opinion on global warming and can attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland.
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) will be held in Glasgow in November, and it is expected to intensify efforts by the world’s largest polluters to combat climate change, a threat that environmentalists, experts, and world leaders believe will potentially threaten the earth.
“I think that his voice will be a very important voice leading up to and through the Glasgow conference, which I believe he intends to attend,” Kerry told the official Vatican News outlet after meeting the pope.
There was no immediate confirmation of this from the Vatican.
“Because he is above politics and outside of the hurly-burly of day-to-day, national conflict, I think he can sort of shake people a little bit and bring them to the table with a better sense of our common obligation,” Kerry added.
Kerry is in the midst of a week-long trip to Europe, meeting with government officials and business executives in Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany, as well as the Vatican City, in preparation for the summit.
Since becoming Pope in 2013, Francis has made several demands for environmental conservation, urging nations to take concrete steps to kerb global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
“We need everybody in this fight,” Kerry said.