Continuing a papal trip across the world, Pope Francis addressed the youth of Europe with a letter and encouraged them to “eat less meat” in an effort to help combat “climate change.” The pope was in Madagascar this week when the letter was published and addressed to the European Union Youth Conference.
“There is an urgent need to reduce the consumption not only of fossil fuels, but also of so many superfluous things,” the pope said to the EU Youth Conference. Pope Francis continued: “In certain areas of the world, it would be appropriate to consume less meat. This can help save the environment.”
Ironically, the Pope’s statements come as European farmers protest woke climate hysteria policies aimed at shutting down the farm-to-table meat industry and reducing fertilizer usage. Mass protests have broken out in countries such as the Netherlands, where Dutch farmers have even been fired on by police.
The conference is held annually in Europe to help promote dialogue between different religions, regions, and ethnicities. Policy decision-makers and researchers are among some of the many attendees who attend the conference every year.
“Don’t let yourselves be seduced by the sirens of those that propose a life luxury, reserved for a small slice of the world,” the pope continued.
The Conference occurs under the President of the EU, which rotates yearly.
The pope also said that the planet’s future is in the hands of the young people, adding, “you can reverse the current path of environmental self-destruction.”
“If you do not succeed in turning this self-destruction trend around, it will be difficult for others to do so in the future,” Pope Francis warned. In his letter to the Youth, he encouraged them to read Laudato si’ and to live a life of austerity.