Pope Francis on Sunday called for the global warming discussion at the next Vatican meeting to be held in October.
Francis said in his first speech since he became Pope that the meeting of the Catholic Church in December would “have to consider the scientific truth of the human impact of climate change and the fact that it has become so much more complex and profound.”
“The climate is the most difficult and dangerous environment for humanity,” Francis said.
Francis made his remarks during a speech in the Vatican city, where he urged Christians to be attentive to the changing climate.
He called for action against climate change, including the protection of biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources.
“In addition, we must be ready to help those in need of assistance and to help them to survive,” he said.
Francis has called for more action to fight climate change in recent months.
He also said he would meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week to discuss the crisis.
“Climate change is an urgent crisis, and we cannot wait for this crisis to pass,” he told the crowd at the Vatican.