THE Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI has said the basic problem which the international community has to address is that of energy resources and the development of joint and sustainable strategies to satisfy the energy needs of the present and future generations.

Pope Benedict XVI stated this in his address entitled: “If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation” read during the Mass to commemorate this year’s World Day of Peace at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, yesterday.

According to him, this means that technologically advanced societies must be prepared to encourage more sober lifestyles, while reducing their energy consumption and improving its efficiency.

His words: “At the same time, there is a need to encourage research into, and utilisation of forms of energy with lower impact on the environment and a world-wide redistribution of energy resources, so that countries lacking those resources can have access to them.

“The ecological crisis offers an historic opportunity to develop a common plan of action aimed at orienting the model of global development towards greater respect for creation and for an integral human development inspired by the values proper to charity in truth.

“I would advocate the adoption of a model of development based on the centrality of the human person, on the promotion and sharing of the common good, on responsibility, on a realisation of our need for a changed life-style, and on prudence, the virtue which tells us what needs to be done today in view of what might happen tomorrow.”


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