June 18, 2015 13:53 ET

WWF-Canada: Encyclical on Environment States Moral Arguments to Act on Climate Change

TORONTO,ON--(Marketwired - June 18, 2015) - Pope Francis has delivered a strong message on the need for environmental action, today, to a global audience of millions. This is the first ever entire encyclical -- a papal letter to bishops -- devoted to environmental issues, written by a Pope who took his name from the patron saint of the environment.

Below is a statement from WWF-Canada President and CEO, David Miller:

"WWF-Canada is pleased by the vitally important encyclical His Holiness has issued. Climate change is the single biggest issue facing nature and people. As the Pope has recognized, the impacts of climate change are being felt most by the least well off and least powerful people -- and, of course, nature.

In Paris later this year, national governments have a chance to make commitments to address these issues. Not-for-profit organizations are not waiting for national action, and along with sub national governments like cities and provinces, we are finding ways to lower our carbon impact while ensuring people, and nature, prosper.

We've seen national governments paralyzed on this issue and unable to act, or sometimes choosing not to act. The intervention of the Pope speaking to both the moral issues and science could be one of the most important factors in trying to break that inability of national governments to agree on a course of action."

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About WWF

WWF-Canada is part of WWF (World Wildlife Fund), one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organizations. WWF-Canada has close to 50 years of experience implementing science-based knowledge and research into on-the-ground projects. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. Visit for more information.

Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview with WWF-Canada CEO and President, David Miller, contact:

    Tammy Thorne
    Senior Manager Communications