Sustainable development cannot be achieved without the voices of those affected by the exploitation of the earth’s resources, especially the poor, migrants, indigenous people and young men and women, Pope Francis told participants at a Vatican conference on sustainable development.
Without a change of attitude that focuses on the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, efforts to achieve the U.N.’s sustainable development goals will not be “sufficient for a fair and sustainable world order,” the pope said March 8. “Already, St. John Paul II spoke about the need to ‘encourage and support the ecological conversion,’” he said.
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