Notre Dame, Vatican sponsor energy summit

Pope Francis sought Notre Dame’s help in co-sponsoring with the Vatican a historic summit in Rome called “The Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home.” Pope Francis addressed executives from among the world’s leading energy producers and investors, saying: “Dear friends, time is running out! Deliberations must go beyond mere exploration of what can be done, and concentrate on what needs to be done, starting today. We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward, or of prioritizing short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires our decisive action, here and now, and the Church is fully committed to playing her part.” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., noted: “Collectively, these leaders will influence the planet’s future, perhaps more than any in the world. I am deeply grateful for their commitment to the transition to a low-carbon future while providing the energy needed to support the integral human development of every member of the human family.” Most participants signed statements of support for carbon pricing and disclosures on climate change risk.