Watch Pope Francis at the United Nations

On Friday, September 25th, Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly, where world leaders are meeting to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 objectives aimed at ending world poverty.

Tackling climate change is critical if poverty is to be eradicated. In his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis calls on Catholics and all people of good faith to care for our common home and reduce our consumption, which is one of the root causes of poverty in the world today, and is increasing the vulnerability of the poor.

His speech comes at a watershed moment, when world leaders have several opportunities in the coming months to take decisive actions to change course and put us on a path towards renewable energies and sustainable models of development – particularly at the upcoming COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris. Be inspired by Pope Francis and send your own message to the Prime Minister of Canada to take action on climate change. Learn more about what you can do with our Create a Climate of Change campaign resources.