On the eve of Pope Francis's visit to New York City, the Sustainable Furnishings Council issued a statement in support of his environmental policies and advocacy for sustainability, stating, "Here’s hoping that our own leaders and would-be leaders will listen well and step up to respond to the challengesoutlined. To that end, the Sustainable Furnishings Council reminds government, politicians and organizations, aswell as the furniture buying public, that it is a credible and reliable resource for accurate information andsustainable practices in the home furnishings industries."
Pope Francis; courtesy Andreas Solero/AFP/Getty Images
The SFC's statement quotes Pope Francis's own writings, stating: "Exposure to atmospheric pollutants produces a broad spectrum of health hazards, especially for the poor, and causes millions of premature deaths. There is also pollution that affects everyone, caused by transport, industrial fumes, substances which contribute to the acidification of soil and water, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and agrotoxins in general."
The statement concludes, "The Pope recognizes the problems of climate change, of loss of biodiversity, of the hardship of environmentaldegradation inflicted on the poor, of lack of water, and standing at the confluence of religion, science and ecologyhe calls for action and the development of new national policies. He is only here for a week, but Congress andcandidates must hear an ongoing call to action to heal the harm we have inflicted on our environment. We know things can change and we will be watching and listening for change makers as we consider our votes."
Read the statement in full here.