Pope Francis: "We human beings are not only the beneficiaries but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement.
"Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations."
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of God's creation. We should strive to live simply to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
We have a moral obligation to protect the planet on which we live - to respect God's creation and ensure a safe and hospitable environment for human beings, especially children at their most vulnerable stages of development.