An International Conference entitled “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” is set to take place in the Vatican on 5 and 6 July. Launching the Conference on Tuesday morning in the Holy See Press Office, was His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. His Eminence Turkson pointed out that in his Encyclical ‘Laudato Sì’ Pope Francis expressed great confidence in the ability of the human person to change for the better if he allows himself to be guided by the goodness of God.

As reported by Vatican news, His Eminence Cardinal Turkson remarked that “We all know how the coral reefs are dying; we all know how whales are washed ashore their bellies full of plastic; how the temperature of the sea is rising so methane gas is being released from the ocean; we know the impact of everything happening: the ice caps melting, the sea levels rising, islands disappearing, the hurricanes becoming more and more violent – we know all of this.”

His Eminence Cardinal Turkson also said that the Vatican Governatorate may go ahead with plans to have solar panels installed and charger stations for electric vehicles:“These are some suggestions we want to humbly suggest at the end of the conference”.