When Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, the two exchanged the customary gifts that one leader would bestow on the another. The Pope, a firm believer in global warming, trolled the embattled American president with a copy of his landmark 2015 encyclical on climate change.
Titled “Laudato Si” or “Praise Be to You,” the letter urges governments to take action on climate change, which the Pope warns will disproportionately impact developing countries. His meeting with Trump on Wednesday comes as the White House considers whether the U.S. should leave the Paris climate accord.
Trump has leveraged massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency along with significant roll backs of environmental regulations implemented under former President Obama.
“Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest,” Francis wrote in the 2015 encyclical. “Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity.”
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