The Holy Father insisted that Integral Ecology, putting the human person at the centre of all our activities in this world where everything is interconnected, was the key for building a better future world. He insisted, as stewards, that each one of us was responsible and had to do our part as an instrument of God in the care of creation.
Trees are vitally important to our ecosystem. They provide oxygen, store carbon, help conserve soil and water, prevent desertification and natural disasters such as landslides. Reforestation is a vital mitigation tool in combatting climate change.
Nobody should be left behind and aid must be ensured for everyone, particularly in developing countries, where the pandemic may lead to even more catastrophic consequences than experienced in the West, due to the weakness of health structures and national economies.