Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Change lifestyles for climate -pope

Change lifestyles for climate -pope

With the risk of indifference rising as deaths due to hunger, abandonment or war are reported on a daily basis, "we urgently need to find new ways to transform the possibilities we have into a guarantee that will allow each person to face the future with established confidence, and not only with some illusion", the Pope said October 16.

Francis drew a standing ovation Monday at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, where he marked the U.N.'s World Food Day by calling for governments to work together to tackle the interconnected problems of hunger, global warming and migration. Everyone is called to adopt and promote changes in lifestyle, in the way resources are used and in production and consumption - particularly when it comes to food, which is increasingly wasted. The effects of climate change are felt on a daily basis, he said, explaining that thanks to science, the worldwide community already knows how to face the problem.

"They go where they see light, or sense a hope of life".

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday appealed to the global community not only to guarantee enough production and fair distribution of food for all but also to ensure the right of every human being to feed himself according to his needs without being forced to leave his home and loved ones. The increase is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks which are also major drivers of distress migration. Many world leaders have criticized Trump for deciding to pull out.

"World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 - to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030", states FAO, according to a report by the Metro.

Ministers of agriculture from several of the Group of Seven (G7) nations also attended the World Food Day ceremony. Japan's Ken Saito sent a statement of support.

World Food Day is celebrated on October 16th of every year. Events are organised in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the United Nations calendar.

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