Expert Scientists from around the Globe gather in the Vatican Gardens for a Conference on the Pope's New Apostolic Exhortation Laudate Deum - VIDEO

Environmental experts from around the globe gathered today in the Vatican Gardens to comment on Pope Francis’ newly released Apostolic Exhortation Laudate Deum.

Published on Wednesday 4th October, the Feast of St Francis, the Exhortation calls for immediate action on climate change, warning that we are "barely in time" to avoid catastrophic damage.
Scientists, activists and writers gathered in the Vatican to give their opinions on Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation Laudate Deum.
As the document, "Laudate Deum" ("Praise God"), was dedicated to "people of goodwill," the Vatican invited a variety of "people of goodwill" to respond to the apostolic exhortation, which was released Oct. 4, said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office.
Nine different speakers assembled on Thursday to give their perspective on the document.
(Below is the FULL Video with spoken English Translation)
The speakers were:

- Giorgio Leonardo Renato Parisi, an Italian physicist and winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics
- Vandana Shiva, an Indian scientist, activist and environmentalist
- Carlo Petrini, an Italian cook, sociologist and activist
- Jonathan Safran Foer, a US writer
- Luisa-Marie Neubauer, leader of the 'Fridays for Future' movement in Germany
- Benoit Halgand, co-founder of the French youth organisation ‘Struggle and Contemplation’
- Jubran Ali Mohammed Ali, a climate refugee from Libya
- Ridhima Pandey, a protagonist in the film 'The Letter: A Message for Our Earth'
- Alessandra Sarmentino, an organiser of the Archdiocese of Palermo’s Policoro Project

Giorgio Parisi, the Nobel-winning physicist, began the conference.

He explained that it is “very important that this Apostolic Exhortation is addressed to all people of good faith” rather than just to members of the Catholic Church, “because, like the Pope has said many times, nobody can be saved alone, and we are all connected.”

In this respect, he said, it is also significant that Pope Francis begins the Exhortation with “a striking list of scientific facts”, since “science is a universal knowledge, a treasure of all humanity”

The writer Jonathan Safran Foer, also spoke, relating to Laudate Deum’s urgent call for personal responsibility in the face of the crisis.

“If we accept the factual reality that we are destroying the planet and dooming future generations,” he said, “but are unable to believe it and change our behaviour in meaningful ways, we reveal ourselves to be just another variety of denier."

“And when the future distinguishes between these two kinds of deniers, which will appear to be a grave error, and which a sin?”.

Ms Neubauer, spoke in praise of Pope Francis for his words in Laudate Deum, yet highlighted the Church’s need to continue down the road of ecological conversion.

“The official 2020 Laudato si' guidelines endorsed fossil fuel divestment,” she said. “Now the rest of the Church must follow suit.
In addition, the Laudato Si' Movement, a network promoting a Catholic approach to caring for creation, hosted an online event Oct. 4 that saw 12,000 people from around the world log in live across multiple platforms.

The event featured a number of experts in science, policy and theology, as well as activists to discuss the pope's new document and highlight practical actions.

Source Vatican News with excerpts from CNS