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Oceania Bishops’ Conference Underway

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania is now underway in Port Moresby with more than 80 bishops gathered from across Oceania. In yesterday’s meet, the talking agenda was focused more on the effects of climate change on nations and their economies.

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, gave the opening remarks yesterday. The Cardinal identified the widespread scourges of unsustainable development, exploitative industries, and unjust land usage. He pleaded with policymakers to practice responsible and modest decision.

A particularly distinguished address was given by Professor Ottmar Edenhoffer. This world-renowned scientist gave an incisive and detailed account of the way in which the effects of climate change can be measured. He also analyzed the industries which contribute most to carbon emissions, especially coal-dependent industries.

In his presentation, he explored effects of climate change which are less widely recognized. Examples included displacement of entire communities as a result of disruptive weather patterns and droughts and floods. In countries where infrastructure is limited or where there are already tensions between various groupings of people, forced migration can spill over into violent conflict. The conference will end next Tuesday, April 17.

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