Pope Francis dropped the hammer on climate change at the White House. Here are his 3 best quotes.


Pope Francis went to the White House this week and got really real about the future of planet Earth.

Photo by Pete Souza/ The White House.

Specifically, that we’re stimulating it warmer. And that we have to cut it out. Sooner rather than afterward.

Here are the three key quotes . We’d all do well to listen to the man.

He is, after all, the freaking pope.

1. “Climate change is a problem who are capable of no longer be left to a future generation.”

You know how this goes. A big project comes down in the office on Monday morning, and it’s not due till Thursday, which is so far away that is likely to as well be next year. You definitely can’t be bothered to care yet, especially when Candy Crush Saga is sitting right there! And then, suddenly, it’s 11 on Wednesday night and you’re like, “I supposed I had so much time ?! ” Well, for planet Earth, it’s 11 on Wednesday night. And the pope ain’t going to let you play merely onnnnne more game.

According to a landmark report released last year by the United Nations, if emissions continue to grow at the present rate, we could be looking at a temperature hike of more than 8 degrees Fahrenheit , which would cause some serious chaos with sea level and ecosystems around the world.

The pope knows it’s on us not our kids to set things right, come hell or high water( or, in this case, likely both ).

Even if he personally has to slap the coal out of your hand .

“Don’t-a-burn-a-that.” Pope Francis. Photo by Tnia Rgo/ ABr.

2. “When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history.”

Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacaang Photo Bureau.

The message from the pope is clear: The time to get on this is now. Yesterday, even, if possible.

What happens if we don’t? Even if we stick to the modest temperature rise some government agencies anticipate, predictions operate the gamut from a wholly underwater New York City to a slightly waterlogged New York City by 2100 . But the point is, unless we want to risk a future where the mecha-pope gives a speech from a deep-sea submersible orbiting the sunken ruins of St. Patrick’s Cathedral *, it’s time to start cutting those emissions, and fast.

3. “To use a telling phrase of the Rev. Martin Luther King, we can say that we have defaulted on a promissory note and it is high time to honor it.”

In Catholic theology, God is pretty explicit about his expectations: He sets mankind on the Earth, and one of mankind’s top chores is to not mess the place up too much. Whether or not you’re Catholic, it’s hard to argue that that’s not a worthy aim. But so far we … haven’t truly held up our aim of that bargain.

Sorry, trees .

You’ll get ’em next time. Photo by Fluffball.

To reverse the trend, we need attempt on a world scale . The pope knows that better than anyone and, as spiritual leader to over 1 billion people, is in a unique place to help make it happen.

But here in the U.S ., as the world’s second-largest polluter, we have a unique responsibility to acknowledge the obvious: Climate change is happening. And we all need to work together to slow it and stop it before it’s too late .

This isn’t even close to the first time Pope Francis has spoken out about climate change.

He’s been pressing the phase for quite a while. And more than a few people running for chairman could stand to pay more attention to his message instead of the money they’re receiving to ignore it as this charade video by SumOfUs makes abundantly clear.

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