I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated.
The relationship of mankind with nature must not be conducted with greed, manipulation and exploitation, but it must conserve the divine harmony that exists between creatures and Creation within the logic of respect and care, so it can be put to the service of our brothers, also of future generations.
— His Holiness Pope Francis on Earth Day 2015
Over the five years since his election to the See of Rome, Pope Francis has achieved an unprecedented level of adoration and respect among people of all religions and cultures around the world. Known for his humble manner and inclusionary, justice-driven leadership, his thoughtful and brave words cross cultures and continents reaching the hearts and minds of the millions who listen.
Earth Day Network is overwhelmingly grateful for his ongoing vocal support of Earth Day as a critical moment to reflect on the spiritual and moral imperative of all people to care for the Earth and all its creatures, today and for the future. He has repeatedly called on consumers to modify their modern lifestyles by reducing waste, planting trees, separating rubbish and making more use of carpooling. Most recently, in his worldwide 2018 Lenten message, he linked lack of love and charity to concern for the environment and poor, stating, “The earth is poisoned by refuse, discarded out of carelessness or for self-interest. The seas, themselves polluted, engulf the remains of countless shipwrecked victims of forced migration.”
His important messages continue to inspire and encourage people worldwide to take responsibility for the environment, and do so in the service of God. For this, and a multitude of other great efforts, we look to him as one of today’s greatest moral authorities on the issue of climate change and its impact on the world’s most vulnerable communities. History, and Earth Day Network, will forever be grateful for the tremendously important and heartfelt work of his Holiness Pope Francis.