AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Climate change linked to economic interests, the Church’s concern

Monday, 31 October 2011

San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - According to the Archbishop of San Salvador, Mgr. José Luis Escobar Alas, climate change is directly linked to economic interests, and this, in his opinion, makes it difficult to take concrete steps to help reduce global warming, not only in El Salvador but throughout the world. For Mgr. Escobar Alas climate change is, without doubt, the most serious humanity problem now and therefore urgent action to try to stop it must be taken. El Salvador should do its part, however, its industrialized countries that are causing the most harm. The Archbishop welcomed the request made by the President, Mauricio Funes, according to which the countries that most affect the global climate must take their responsibility and act to prevent future catastrophes. The statements by the President were made during the summit that took place in the Central American country after the Tropical Depression 12E had plagued the country for 10 days (see Fides 17/10/2011).
Torrential rains caused more than a hundred deaths, thousands of homeless and severe damage in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. "Events like the storm that hit us this time are repeated year after year, and the people are always affected, the poorest people", said the Archbishop of San Salvador. Mgr. Escobar Alas concluded his usual press conference on Sunday saying that El Salvador should take an active part in solving the problem and not just wait for other countries to act in this respect. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 31/10/2011)