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IN QUOTES: What Pope Francis says about climate change

MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis has a lot to say about climate change, which he calls "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

His stance on what mankind should do about this phenomenon is articulated clearly and comprehensively in his second encyclical, Laudato Si, released on June 18.

World leaders, climate activists, and scientists believe his encyclical is powerful enough to influence the international climate conference to be held in Paris, France, in December. (READ: Pope Francis' encyclical stands up for climate victims)

In the encyclical, he talks about climate change as part of the greater destruction of "sister Earth," our "common home."

What does Pope Francis have to say climate change?

Rappler picks some of the most telling quotes from the encyclical:

Climate change is partly caused by natural phenomena but, largely, it's due to mankind's activities.

Mankind's "model of development" is to blame for climate change.

Developing countries and the poor will suffer the most from climate change.

The rich and powerful aren't doing enough about climate change.

Humanity needs to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. Progress has been made in some countries, but it's far from enough.

Rich countries have a "debt" to pay. They should help poor countries adopt cleaner models of development. They should lessen their consumption of fossil fuel energy.

International climate conferences have failed.

Climate disruption will persist as long as mankind focuses on economic gain and endless consumption of goods.

Humanity is in denial that climate change is happening.

Mankind is not separate from nature, therefore all our actions have an impact on it as a whole.

The climate change issue is not just about the future of our children, it's about our own dignity and integrity.

Climate change will only be averted by our decisive action.

The world needs a global consensus on how to curb climate change, not just decisions by individual countries.

The carbon trade, in which rich countries buy carbon credits from poor countries instead of reducing its own carbon emissions, won't be effective.

But human beings can rise to the challenge.

Changing our lifestyle can make businesses, government policies, and the global economy more sustainable.

Our daily actions can make a world of difference.

What do you think about the Pope's climate message? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below.

– Rappler.com

 Cracked ground image via Shutterstock 

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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