WWF Statement on Pope Francis’ Laudate Deum

Today Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, Laudate Deum, an update to his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, an unprecedented call for combating climate change. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Marcene Mitchell, senior vice president of climate change:

“While we all have our own cultures or creeds, we all share the same planet. Today, Pope Francis has once again called on us to protect our common home by fixing our broken relationship with nature. His words are also a critical reminder of the importance of leaders everywhere speaking to the urgency of the climate crisis.

“The intertwined crises of nature loss and climate change are daunting. But as Pope Francis makes clear, they can also unite us. These environmental challenges know no boundaries, so our solutions must also scale from local to global. There is much work to be done, and we must all come all together despite our differences. To meet his call to action, we need everyone involved, from faith leaders to you, me, our neighbors, businesses, and governments.”