Pope Francis took the occasion of World Environment Day to slam the influence of money and profit in the “human ecology” making the connection between the issues of the environment and poverty.
“When we talk about the environment, about creation, my thoughts turn to the first pages of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, which states that God placed man and woman on earth to cultivate and care for it,” the Pope explained to the crowds of pilgrims and visitors to St. Peter’s Square. ‘And the question comes to my mind: What does cultivating and caring for the earth mean? Are we truly cultivating and caring for creation? Or are we exploiting and neglecting it?’
The pope went on to talk of the relation between how humans treat the environment and how they treat one another: