In his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI restated his stance on the need for greater protection of the environment, Catholic News Services reported today.

“Environmental protection and the connection between fighting poverty and fighting climate change are important areas for the promotion of integral human development,” he said.

According the CNS, the pope cited the environmental disasters of 2011 – like the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan – as reasons to continue to urge government leaders from across the world to act on threats to climate and the environment.

World leaders are next set to meet June 20-22 in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. (Link no longer active)


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