Illinois religious leaders applaud the Pope’s call to action on fighting climate change.
Pope Francis called climate change was one of humanity’s “principal challenges” in a long letter urging the whole world to take steps to cut down on waste and use renewable sources of energy.
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This intersection of environmentalism and religion could have a positive impact in Illinois, according to Pastor Booker Vance, policy director for Faith in Place, a faith-based environmental advocacy organization in Chicago.
“It helps us give a baby being born today in Chicago, or North Chicago, or Metro East, or Carbondale, a shot at a healthier life for the rest of their lives,” Vance said, “and we hope that Illinois leaders will take note from the Pope’s message that without action, climate change will hurt most of those who can least afford it.”
Action is what Vance is hoping for, specifically calling on state legislators to work on bills which can cut down on pollution.