Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Bo has insisted climate change is real and compared economic and ecological "terrorists" to ISIS, according to Crux.
His remarks came during his keynote speech to a conference of religious women of Asia and Oceania in his diocese, Yangon, on Monday. They were centred on the theme of the gathering, “Call for a Global Ecological Conversion”.
“We are gathered here today not against ISIS terrorists,” Cardinal Bo said. “We are gathered here against economic terrorists and ecological terrorists. Both terrorisms are unleashed against the poor, [and] the unborn.”
Quoting Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, Cardinal Bo said the Pope presents the world’s current crisis as an integral ecological one.
“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental,” Cardinal Bo quoted. “Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, at the same time protecting nature.”
According to the Cardinal, the world is faced with an “environmental holocaust”.
“It is a very delicate moment. Pope Francis raised his voice against this impending disaster talking about modern sins, ‘ecological sins’ made individually and collectively by humans who destroy Mother Earth,” Cardinal Bo said.
Climate change is real, he said, and the earth is boiling, with some parts of the world “already roasted”, with many islands of Oceania at risk of disappearing if the world’s temperature increases by another four degrees.
His extensive remarks had an apocalyptic undertone, actually speaking about an ecological apocalypse at one point. Cardinal Bo also said that unless humanity changed course, in the next century there will be millions of environmental refugees from Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia, and babies will die in their mother’s wombs due to lack of oxygen.
“Cyclones, earthquakes, floods, name it,” he said. “Rich countries throw carbon into [the] atmosphere. We suffer and bury thousands after every natural disaster.”
This is ecological terrorism, he insisted: “The powerful of this world are deciding who should live and who should die. Is it for this Christ died on the cross?”
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar (CNS/Lynn Bo Bo, EPA)