Pope Francis has called on governments of the globe to strategies that will ensure conservation of the environment.
‘In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order. There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature, without a renewal of humanity itself. We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations, and an obligation to exercise a just stewardship of the gifts we have received.
These values are deeply rooted in the African soul. In a world which continues to exploit rather than protect our common home, they must inspire the efforts of national leaders to promote responsible models of economic development,’ continues the Pope when visiting Statehouse.
The pope added that, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order.
He said that Kenya is a country blessed with immense beauty and it would be a shame to destroy her nature.
‘Kenya has been blessed not only with immense beauty, in its mountains, rivers and lakes, its forests, savannahs and semi-deserts, but also by an abundance of natural resources. The Kenyan people have a strong appreciation of these God-given treasures and are known for a culture of conservation which does you honour.
The grave environmental crisis facing our world demands an ever greater sensitivity to the relationship between human beings and nature,’ he advises.
President Uhuru Kenyatta during his interaction with the Pope agreed with the religious leader.
‘Kenyans are blessed with a beautiful country. With that beauty comes a great responsibility: we must preserve our heritage, and bequeath not just to our children, but also to the world for which we hold these riches in trust. Yet these riches remain vulnerable. Climate change and greed, poaching and mismanagement all these threaten to rob our children and their children of their inheritance. Still, troubles bring heroes and heroines. ‘
‘Wangari Maathai, our Nobel laureate, who reminded us that millions of little actions – millions of humble people working together – could win great battles. Like you, she believed that loving our natural riches was an extension of loving our brothers and sisters first. Like you, she was a warrior for nature, without falling into cynicism or despair,’ Kenyatta continues.
Pope Francis insisted that it is everyone’s responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations, and an obligation to exercise a just stewardship of the gifts we have received.
‘Mungu abariki Kenya!’ the Pope concluded.