His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has officially endorsed a commentary on climate change that appears today, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Nature the international weekly journal of science.
On behalf of His All-Holiness, Archdeacon John Chryssavgis collaborated with Christiana Figueres -- former director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, principal architect of the Paris Agreement, and current convener of Mission 2020 -- on a six-point plan entitled "Three Years to Safeguard our Climate." The sixty-two signatories include distinguished scientists, business leaders, prominent economists, religious leaders, representatives of non-government organizations and former heads of State, making the article one of the most significant pieces on climate change to date.
For over twenty-five years -- even before the United Nations realized the severity of environmental degradation -- the Green Patriarch has emphasized the need for a collaborative and concerted response to caring for God's creation. More recently, he was instrumental in the process leading up to the Paris Agreement, participating in several events in Paris and Manila, where he accompanied President Hollande of France.
The article appears online today, June 28, 2017, and in print on June 29, 2017.