Pope Francis came out against President Trump’s climate change policies on Sunday, as Hurricane Irma wrecked havoc on central Florida. He sent out a warning saying humanity will “go down” and that “history will judge” those who refuse to acknowledge the importance of science.
Francis was making a thinly veiled attack on Trump, who just recently decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, making it the only industrialized country on the planet to not be apart of the nearly 200 country accord.
While he didn’t mention Trump by name, everyone knew who he was talking about.
“If someone is doubtful that [climate change] is true, they should ask scientists,” he told reporters aboard the papal plane. “These are not opinions made on the fly. They are very clear. Then each person can decide and history will judge the decisions.”
This is something Pope Francis feels very strongly about. A Vatican official even said he thought what Trump did was a “slap in the face” to both him and the Vatican after he personally urged Trump not to back out in May when he visited him. He thinks Trump has a responsibility as president to act on the most important issue facing planet Earth, which will affect future generations, not just the “United States economy and jobs” as Trump puts it.
“All of us have a responsibility, all of us, small or large, a moral responsibility.”
“We have to take it seriously. We can’t joke about it,” he added. “Each person has their own. Even politicians have their own.”
Scientists warn that future warming of the planet will only make hurricanes much more powerful.
This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has publicly spoken out against Trump. He also criticized Trump over his decision to end DACA, which would kick out nearly 800,000 people brought into the United States as children at no fault to their own. Many are serving actively in the armed forces.