Pope Francis Appeals for Action Against Plastic Found in the Oceans

By Mei Manuel, September 07, 2018 01:09 AM


On Saturday, Pope Francis had urged the people to work together to stop plastic waste from affecting the world's oceans.

In his speech for the fourth annual prayer day dedicated to the "protection of creation", he said "We cannot allow our seas and oceans to be littered by endless fields of floating plastic. We need to pray as if everything depended on God's providence, and work as if everything depended on us."

He addressed 100 business leaders who were invited to the Vatican for the event, stressing that
"each of us has to be responsible for others and for the future of our planet".

According to the report of the United Nations, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic of various kinds enter the world's oceans each year, killing marine life in the process. Scientists have appealed for tougher restrictions on plastic wastes due to the effects it has on the environment and to mankind.

Pope Francis is a staunch supporter of environmental protection, stressing that global warming needs to be addressed since a part of it was caused by man-kind. He had also expressed his support to scientists and groups who are working together to keep the temperature under control.

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